Opinião Pública – Vol. 03, Nº 1 1995
Articles in this issue
Which are the constraints upon the influence of public opinion in the United States in order to set Latin American foreign policy? Can the Latin American opinion shape United States foreign policy? This article presents the public opinion referents available to United States policymakers, and indicates the degrees of interest in Latin America since the late thirties.
Does the religious affiliation have any influence over the vote? Today in Brazil, where there are many religious options, with many views of the world, different concerns on politics, and a very intensive movement towards conversion and reconversion, this question has much more importance. During the 1994 electoral campaign for the Presidency, the colaboration of public opinion research institutes had made possible to applying questions about the religious affiliation and the participation in religious movements in national quantitative surveys – with this kind of information, practically unknown within us, we seek to answer the question about the relationship between the religion and the vote.
This article is a study on the electoral campaign in television for the chamber of Deputies in the State of Rio de Janeiro in 1994, and it analyses the relationship between the political strategies of the parties and candidates and the electoral official results. The authors conclude that, despite the assumption that Brazilian political parties are fragile organizations, they excerce significant influence over the campaigns and the electoral performances of their candidates.