Protest Research at Its Limits: Surveying Right Wing Movements
PEGIDA’s considerable power of mobilization coupled with its embrace of behaviors that are considered taboo in Germany (xenophobic slogans, rejection of media etc.) got the attention of the press, who formulated assumptions about the motives and the composition of the demonstrators. This situation called for protest researchers. Therefore different scholars conducted surveys at PEGIDA demonstrations. Until now five different teams have collected data in the field on ten occasions in total. This makes PEGIDA likely the most closely investigated protest movement in Germany. The aim of the submitted presentation is to give an insight into the (limits of the) different methodological approaches of protest-surveying on right wing demonstrations and to develop some ideas in overcoming them.