Pluralistic ignorance is a well-documented phenomenon in public opinion research. We adopt the social perspective on pluralistic ignorance and focus on the information environment for an explanation of it. Regarding pluralistic ignorance as a problem of information, we consider its implications in terms of cross-sectional variation as well as over time. The empirical analysis combines a comparative study of issues and analysis over time of gender issues and the question of returning territories for peace in Israeli public opinion.
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JACOB SHAMIR is a lecturer in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. MICHAL SHAMIR is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Tel-Aviv University. This research was supported by grants from the Israel Foundations Trustees, the Israel Academy of Sciences, the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, and the Social Science Faculty of Tel-Aviv University. The authors also wish to acknowledge the able assistance of Orit Kedar, and the helpful comments of the anonymous reviewers for the journal.