Terrorism and political attitudes: Evidence from European social surveys Articles uri icon

publication date

  • March 2023

start page

  • 1

end page

  • 20


  • 103864


  • 99

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0166-0462

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-2308


  • Terror attacks in Europe have increased substantially since the turn of the last century. Using data from European Social Surveys (ESS), we examine their effects on political attitudes and orientation by comparing within-country survey responses shortly before and after terror attacks involving at least one fatality. At the national level, we find little support for the hypothesis that terror attacks influenced attitudes towards immigration or political orientation. By contrast, there is evidence of post-attack increases in satisfaction with the national government and trust in parliament among ESS respondents living in the region that was attacked.


  • Economics
  • Politics
  • Sociology


  • terrorism; immigration; political attitudes