International Public Opinion Monitor

Over the last three years, IDS has been monitoring public opinion in the UK through a longitudinal study, which aims to improve our understanding of how (or if) attitudes towards the world in we live, and relations between the UK and other countries, are changing.

The scope of this research is now being extended to cover Brazil, India and South Africa.

In collaboration with the Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (Unisinos), Jawaharlal Nehru University, and the University of Stellenbosch, IDS is establishing three panels of approximately 2,000 people in Brazil, India and South Africa who will be asked their views on life in their respective countries and their country's role in the wider world.

Results will be shared with policymakers, civil society leaders and business people in Brazil, India and South Africa, and globally. We hope they will help academics and decision-makers understand how everyday citizens see the world in which they live, with the aim of giving these citizens a voice in policy debates.

Panel members in each country will be invited to take part in a short survey every two months. The results will be posted on this website.

Issues we are looking to address include:

  • How is life in the country for the average citizen, and for the poor?
  • What economic and social issues are seen as the priority in each country?
  • How is the government performing and where might it do better?
  • How much influence does the country have internationally and how could this be enhanced?
  • What role is the country playing in the development of other low and middle-income countries?

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Spencer Henson, the IPOM Coordinator.

Key contact

Photo of Spencer Henson, Globalisation Research Fellow

T: +44 (0)1273 915691


More details

Brazil Public Opinion Monitor: Baseline Survey Results

IDS Evidence Report 32 (2013)
Henson, S.

Indian Public Opinion Monitor: Baseline Survey Results

IDS Evidence Report 29 (2013)
Henson, S.

South Africa Public Opinion Monitor: Baseline Survey Results

IDS Evidence Report 30 (2013)
Henson, S.
Project Dates:
April 2012 - April 2016
Project Status:
Department for International Development (DFID)
Research Themes / Programmes:
Economy and Finance

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