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WorldPublicOpinion.org is an international collaborative project whose aim is to give voice to public opinion around the world on international issues. As the world becomes increasingly integrated, problems have become increasingly global, pointing to a greater need for understanding between nations and for elucidating global norms. With the growth of democracy in the world, public opinion has come to play a greater role in the foreign policy process. WorldPublicOpinion.org seeks to reveal the values and views of publics in specific nations around the world as well as global patterns of world public opinion.
WorldPublicOpinion.org was initiated by and is managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes.
The WorldPublicOpinion.org network is a consortium of research centers studying public opinion on international issues in their respective countries. At present the network consists of research centers in more than 25 countries across all of the major continents. The network includes countries that represent the majority of the world population. In some countries there are two centers--one that conducts the polling and another that emphasizes policy analysis. For more complete information about each center including contact information please click here (PDF).
The WorldPublicOpinion.org website provides information and analysis about public opinion on international policy issues from around the world. While the studies of the WorldPublicOpinion.org network figure prominently, the website draws together data from a wide variety of sources from around the world. We have found that data from all reliable sources are important contributions and that as more studies are integrated into analyses, world public opinion comes into increasing focus.
The Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) was established in 1992 with the purpose of giving public opinion a greater voice in international relations. PIPA conducts in-depth studies of public opinion that include polls, focus groups and interviews. It integrates its findings together with those of other organizations. It actively seeks the participation of members of the policy community in developing its polls so as to make them immediately relevant to the needs of policymakers. PIPA is a joint program of the Center on Policy Attitudes (COPA) and the Center for International and Security Studies (CISSM), at the University of Maryland.
Steven Kull, a political psychologist, is director of the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA), which manages WorldPublicOpinion.org, and Senior Research Scholar at the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM), University of Maryland. He is also director of the Program for Public Consultation which develops methods for governments to consult their publics on policy decisions. Dr. Kull has played a central role in the BBC World Service global poll, and regularly gives briefings to the US Congress, the State Department, the UN, and the European Commission. He appears frequently in the international media and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He recently completed a four-year study of the Muslim public, summarized in his newest book Feeling Betrayed: The Roots of Muslim Anger at America (Brookings).
Clay Ramsay, director of research at PIPA, co-founded PIPA in 1992. He is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM), University of Maryland. He regularly appears in the US and international media providing analysis of public opinion. With a background in history and psychology, he has focused on the study of ideology and mass psychology. He received his Ph.D. in History from Stanford University, has taught at Oberlin College, and is the author of The Ideology of the Great Fear (Johns Hopkins University Press).
Evan Scot Lewis is a Research Associate at PIPA. As a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland, his research interests have focused on international relations, political economy and the politics of land use management in Colorado and Maryland. He was a Harrison Fellow and has taught at both the University of Maryland and George Washington University. He received his Bachelor's degree at the University of Colorado and his Master's degree at The American University.
Eric Pierce is a Research Associate at the Program for Public Consultation. He previously worked as a researcher at Face the Facts USA, a project of The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. He has an MPP in public finance and budgeting from The George Washington University; an MA in American Government from Georgetown University; and a BS in political science from Spring Hill College.
Chairman, I.M. Destler, University of Maryland
WPO is made possible by the generous support of:Rockefeller Foundation
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
German Marshall Fund of the United States
Ben and Jerry's Foundation
University of Maryland Foundation
Secure World Foundation
United States Institute of Peace