With the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Teaching, Research, & International Policy (TRIP) Project issues regular “snap polls” as international events unfold in order to provide policymakers and the public with real-time information on the views of international relations experts.  TRIP Snap Polls of IR scholars survey all individuals employed at a U.S. university in a political science department or policy school who teach or conduct research on issues that cross international borders.  TRIP Public Opinion Snap Polls of the American public are conducted in parallel with TRIP Snap Polls of IR scholars in order to understand how expert opinion on international politics and policy issues differs from that of the public. 


IR Scholar Snap Polls

TRIP Snap Polls survey all IR scholars in the United States. To be included in our sample, individuals must be employed at a U.S. college or university in a political science department or professional school and teach or conduct research on issues that cross international borders. To date we have identified 4,094 individuals who fit these criteria.  These short surveys each consist of around ten questions about key international events and provide timely data on contemporary foreign policy issues to media outlets, policymakers, practitioners, and students of international relations. One important purpose of the snap polls is to measure and then distribute information on the opinions of IR experts in real time so that these views are part of the public discourse on international and foreign policy issues.
 
September 2015 Snap Poll VII: IR Scholars React to South China Sea, Refugee Crisis, and Iran Deal

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The poll was open September 28 - 30, 2015. Of the 4,086 scholars across the U.S. that we contacted, 694 responded. The resulting response rate is approximately 17 percent.

 
June 2015 Snap Poll VI: IR Scholars React to Greece, Migration Crisis, Trade Agreements, and FIFA

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The poll was open May 31- June 2, 2015. Of the 4,094 scholars across the U.S. that we contacted, 655 responded. The resulting response rate is approximately 16 percent, and the margin of error for the poll is +/-3.51 percent. 

 

April 2015 Snap Poll V: IR Scholars React to Proposed Nuclear Agreement with Iran

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The poll was open April 6-7, 2015. Of the 4,169 scholars across the U.S. that we contacted, 921 responded. The resulting
response rate is approximately 22 percent, and the margin of error for the poll is +/-2.85 percent. 

 

March 2015 Snap Poll IV: Ten Questions on Current Global Issues for IR Scholars

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The poll was open March 9-10, 2015. Of the 4,185 scholars across the U.S. that we contacted, 1,054 responded. The resulting
response rate is approximately 25 percent, and the margin of error for the poll is +/-2.6 percent. 

 

January 2015 Snap Poll III: Seven Questions on Current Global Issues for IR Scholars

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Of the 4,185 scholars across the U.S. that we contacted, 1,395 responded. The resulting response rate is approximately 33 percent, and the margin of error for the poll is +/-2.14 percent. 

 

May 2014 Snap Poll II: Ukraine, Energy and the Middle East

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Of the 2,882 scholars across the U.S. that we contacted, 950 responded. The resulting response rate is approximately 33 percent, and the margin of error for the poll is +/-2.6 percent. 

 

March 2014 Snap Poll I: Syria, Ukraine and the U.S. Defense Budget

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Our first snap poll was sent to 2,805 IR scholars and received 908 responses, a response rate of approximately 30 percent. The margin of error for the poll is +/-2.7 percent. This poll featured nine questions on a variety of issues, including the emerging crisis in Ukraine, Syria’s chemical weapons and U.S. defense spending.


 

Public Opinion Snap Polls

WIPPO Snap Polls of the public are conducted in parallel with TRIP Snap Polls of IR scholars in order to understand how expert opinion on international politics and policy issues differs from that of the public. With support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, we field TRIP/WIPPO Snap Polls several times a year. Our polls provide real-time data in the wake of significant policy proposals, during international crises, and on emerging foreign policy debates. In this series of polls, we asked about support for military use of force, ongoing negotiations between Iran and the P5+1, Greece and the future of the Euro, international migration, FIFA, and free-trade agreements. A related essay identifying some interesting patterns and raising new questions is published on ForeignPolicy.com.

 
July 2015 Wisconsin International Policy and Public Opinion (WIPPO) Snap Poll I: How the U.S. Public and U.S.-based IR Scholars Compare on Iran Nuclear Agreement, Use of Force, Migration Crisis, Greece, Trade Agreements, and FIFA 

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The WIPPO public opinion poll, surveyed 1,000 American citizens from an existing panel provided by Qualtrics. The poll was open June 9, 2014 to June 18, 2015. The margin of error is approximately +/-3.1 percent.

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