Unprecedented survey will assess public opinion and foreign policy
International Relations
10 October 2018

Unprecedented survey will assess public opinion and foreign policy

Starting this month, researchers from FGV’s School of International Relations (RI) are leading the implementation of the project “Brazil, the Americas and the world: public opinion and foreign policy”, considered the largest survey of the sector in the history of Latin America.

Starting this month, researchers from FGV’s School of International Relations (RI) are leading the implementation of the project “Brazil, the Americas and the world: public opinion and foreign policy”, considered the largest survey of the sector in the history of Latin America. Financed by Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), the initiative will last for five years and will be conducted in partnership with the USP’s Institute of International Relations (IRI).

The survey project will have three main pillars: two surveys, with the country’s population and economic elite; monitoring of foreign policy issues in the Brazilian press; and submission of reports to congressmen. “In a time of disconnection between the Brazilian population and its representatives, our main goal is to see how representatives and senators react to popular demands on foreign policy”, said RI professor Umberto Mignozzetti.

Mignozzetti is one of the coordinators of the project, alongside professors Maria Herminia Tavares de Almeida, Janina Onuki and Leandro Piquet, from USP. The survey will also include RI research fellow Stephen Herzog, from Yale University.

Brazil is one of eight Latin American countries where the project will be carried out. The others are Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay. Approximately 2,000 people in each country will be interviewed as part of the survey.