Public opinion is strongly polarized in many countries regarding issues such as immigration, inequality, populism, and trust in institutions. The main aim of the UNDPOLAR project is to understand and address this political polarization in European democracies.
The project follows three objectives. First, to determine how identities and threats impact citizens’ polarized attitudes by identifying subpopulations with unique belief systems. Secondly, to compare these belief systems across countries, and over time. Finally, to test whether innovations such as citizen forums can be effective in countering polarization.