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The SciPop Scale for measuring science-related populist attitudes in surveys: Development, test, and validation


Mede, Niels G; Schäfer, Mike S; Füchslin, Tobias (2021). The SciPop Scale for measuring science-related populist attitudes in surveys: Development, test, and validation. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 33(2):273-293.

Abstract

Populism typically pits political elites against “the virtuous people.” A distinct variant of populism (“science-related opulism”) extends beyond politics, however, targeting academic elites and suggesting they ignore people’s common sense and will. Individual endorsement of such worldviews (“science-related populist attitudes”) has been conceptualized but not yet measured. Hence, we developed the SciPop Scale, a survey instrument to measure science-related populist attitudes. We tested 17 survey items in a first representative survey and developed an 8-item scale. We then tested German, French, and Italian versions of this scale in a second representative survey, employing confirmatory factor analysis, Item Response Theory, and external validity tests. Findings show that the SciPop Scale is a robust and reliable measure of populist demands toward science.

Abstract

Populism typically pits political elites against “the virtuous people.” A distinct variant of populism (“science-related opulism”) extends beyond politics, however, targeting academic elites and suggesting they ignore people’s common sense and will. Individual endorsement of such worldviews (“science-related populist attitudes”) has been conceptualized but not yet measured. Hence, we developed the SciPop Scale, a survey instrument to measure science-related populist attitudes. We tested 17 survey items in a first representative survey and developed an 8-item scale. We then tested German, French, and Italian versions of this scale in a second representative survey, employing confirmatory factor analysis, Item Response Theory, and external validity tests. Findings show that the SciPop Scale is a robust and reliable measure of populist demands toward science.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Uncontrolled Keywords:populism, populist attitudes, attitudes toward science, scale development, survey research
Language:English
Date:17 August 2021
Deposited On:03 Feb 2021 17:49
Last Modified:20 Aug 2021 01:04
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:0954-2892
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/ijpor/edaa026

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