Even in non-democracies, public attitudes matter. So what does the public think?
This project proceeds from the assumption that public attitudes can and should have an effect on public policy making both domestically and internationally. Since 1992, CISSM has conducted dozens of public opinion studies, on a broad range of international topics—many of them related to questions of security, trade, and international politics, more generally.
Some of these studies have been conducted in collaboration with the Program for Public Consultation (PPC), a School of Public Policy program that conducts surveys of public attitudes in the United States and in other countries using innovative methods such as policymaking simulations. Others have been conducted with the University of Tehran Center for Public Opinion Research and Iranpoll, a Toronto-based organization that fields surveys in Iran.
CISSM Experts on Public Opinion Polling
Clay Ramsay is a senior research associate at CISSM and a practitioner in the study of US and international public opinion on global problems and domestic policy.
- US & international public opinion on domestic/global policy; Iranian policy; public and elite understanding of rule of law in the US; pedagogy for public policy
Nancy Gallagher is the Director at the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) and a Research Professor in the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy. Her current research includes a book project on Strategic Logics for Arms Control; public opinion sur
- International security; arms control & nonproliferation; nuclear policy; cybersecurity; space security
Ebrahim Mohseni is a research associate at Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM), an assistant professor of Iranian Studies on the faculty of World Studies at the University of Tehran, and a senior analyst at the University of Tehran Center for Public Opinion Research.