New conclusions of research conducted by CPD experts, focused on understanding the propensity for populism among the Romanian public, with the aim of discerning the potential long-term impact populist movements could have on political and electoral outcomes, are to be presented at the AAPOR 79th Annual Conference, taking place in Atlanta, GA, in May 15-17, 2024.

The experts initially tested an established method of measuring populist inclinations – the Pew Research method (Mitchell et al., 2018), which involved the use of 2 variables, and soon discovered that this did not adequately capture populist inclinations, since compared to Western democracies, the measured percentage of populists was much higher in Romania. Consequently, they devised a new method of measurement capable of capturing the specificities of this phenomenon in Romania, and later validated this method by repeated survey measurement (13 waves/6 years). Data was processed with the objective to categorize the public into distinct segments, thereby uncovering potential variations in populist attitudes, and thus clarifying and characterising the nuanced spectrum of populism in Romania, offering insights into its impact and manifestations.

TITLE: Populism in Eastern Europe. New Types of Populism – the Romanian Case


Dan Sultănescu (CPD SNSPA); Dana C. Sultănescu (CPD SNSPA); Bogdan Teodorescu (SNSPA)


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