Peace Polls

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Uses of a peace poll

  • Analysing and prioritising conflict problems and solutions in the light of prevailing public opinion.
  • Identifying appropriate local policies for both domestic and international intervention and providing expert advice on this basis to local and external actors engaged in the process of conflict resolution/prevention/management in the target state.
  • Gauging public support for those interventions across all sections of the community, including those opposed to them and their reasons.
  • Directing local and international resources at policy areas of greatest concern.
  • Engaging politicians and parties in programmes of discourse, research and pre-negotiation problem solving.
  • Testing policy options on given issues from across the political and communal spectrum to identify areas of common ground and potential compromise.
  • Engaging the public in 'their' peace process to give 'them' ownership and responsibility.
  • Stimulating public discourse through publications in the media.
  • Building broad popular consensus and support for a local peace process.
  • Continuing the engagement with conflict parties, individually and jointly, beyond polling to help them analyse, interpret and act upon polling results in the most appropriate manner in order to move forward.
  • Involving other NGOs, IGOs and appropriate states through the publication and targeted dissemination of detailed reports.
  • Maintaining the good offices of the international community to assure guarantees and post-resolution commitments.
  • Establishing a body of expert knowledge to facilitate more effective peacemaking, peace-keeping and peace-building in general.
  • Re-engaging with the conflict parties at period intervals or as may be required after the conclusion of negotiations to identify the need for further polling in order to assist in renewed conflict resolution/prevention efforts or help with agreement implementation.