TRIP 2011 Survey Data Visualizations

Ryan M. Powers and Michael J. Tierney

Below we present several visualizations for data from the 2011 Teaching Research and International Policy (TRIP) project survey of IR scholars. Further down the page, we have the raw cross tabs. You can read more about the TRIP project here or download the complete TRIP 2011 survey report here.

A note about our plots. We present the results using plots that are similar to Sankey diagrams. Think of these plots as visual cross-tabs. On the left and right y-axes, response options for two different questions are arranged in descending order of the relative popularity of each response option. The response options for each question are linked with bands of color. The width of each band is determined by the number of respondents who chose the same response option on each question. These sorts of plots do have their draw backs, but we think they may convey the broad strokes of a given crosstab much more quickly to the reader than a crosstab alone or making the reader compare across several bar/pie graphs. For more, see Design Density's Fineo.

Consequences for the U.S. of the Arab Spring

U.S. Use of Force Against Iran Should it Acquire a Nuclear Weapon

U.S. Participation in the Use of Force Against Libyan Government Forces


U.S. Intervention to Support Democratic Transition in Syria



Future of the Eurozone



Cross Tabs

Changes in the Middle East associated with the Arab Spring will be: "Good for the U.S.", "Bad for the U.S.", "No Effect", "Other". (by Primary Research Paradigm)

  Good for the U.S. Bad for U.S. No Effect Other
Constructivism 43.11 11.11 12.00 33.78
Liberalism 50.45 9.01 7.21 33.33
Realism 33.14 23.67 11.83 31.36
Other 43.87 5.16 14.84 36.13
I do not use s paradigm 37.30 15.08 11.51 36.11
Total 41.74 12.81 11.24 34.21


In March 2011, did you support the use of force against Libyan government forces? (by Primary Research Paradigm)

  Yes No
Constructivism 61.82 38.18
Liberalism 70.59 29.41
Realism 51.22 48.78
Other 53.95 46.05
I do not use a paradigm60.41 39.59
Total 60.48 39.52


Would you approve of disapprove of the use of U.S. military forces in the following situations: If it were certain that Iran had produced a nuclear weapon. (by Primary Research Paradigm)

 Approve Disapprove
Constructivism 18.02 81.98
Liberalism 18.55 81.45
Realism 29.94 70.06
Other 15.54 84.46
I do not use a paradigm19.11 80.89
Total 20.02 38.08


In your opinion, will Europe be able to maintain the current membership of the Eurozone? (by Primary Research Paradigm)

  Yes NoDon't Know
Constructivism 48.03 36.68 15.28
Liberalism 51.97 30.13 17.90
Realism 30.81 51.74 17.44
Other 40.99 36.65 22.36
I do not use a paradigm41.22 38.1720.61
Total 43.30 38.0818.61


In your opinion, will Europe be able to maintain the current membership of the Eurozone? (by Primary Research Area)

  Yes NoDon't Know
International Political Economy 43.92 45.27 10.81
International Organization 62.16 24.32 13.51
European Studies 70.73 26.83 2.44


Would you approve or disapprove of the use of U.S. military forces in the following situations: To support democratic transition in Syria (by Primary Research Paradigm)

  Approve Disapprove
Constructivism 24.55 75.45
Liberalism 24.66 75.34
Realism 12.57 87.43
Other 19.21 80.79
I do not use a paradigm22.86 77.14
Total 21.37 78.63

Would you approve or disapprove of the use of U.S. military forces in the following situations: To support democratic transition in Syria (by Primary Region of Research)

  Approve Disapprove
Middle East and North Africa 21.84 78.16
Any region except Middle East and North Africa 22.03 77.97
Global/None 20.61 79.39
Total 21.46 78.54


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