UWRF International Trade Survey 2012-13
During fall 2012, Dr. Erick Highum led a team of UWRF student researchers to determine the level of support that UW-RF students have for policies regarding the issue of international trade. The team included UWRF students Erynn Delahousaye, Michael DeMatties, Chad Hanson, Hannah Carlson, and Kathryn Van Putten, who helped create the survey and gathered responses from more than 340 students. The survey was designed to determine the level of support that UWRF students have for policies of the U.S. government regarding the issue of international trade and international institutions that focus on trade. The questions in the survey also tested the level of support that UWRF students have for the theoretical approaches to the issue of international trade of free trade, and fair trade.
Student researchers will be presenting the results of the survey at the April 2013 National Conference of Undergraduate Research, and will be informing the UWRF community of student views on this important international relations topic in spring 2013.
The overall results for each of the questions for all participating students are contained in this pdf document: UWRF International Trade Survey 2012-13. The overall results suggest that UWRF students who participated in the survey:
- Have much stronger support for fair trade policies (question #31) over free trade policies (question #30) and protectionism policies (question #15);
- Strongly support policies whereby the U.S. Government increases trade with countries that have established health and safety protections for their workers (question #29); with countries that support women’s rights (question #27); and with countries that have democratic governance (question #28);
- Are in strong agreement with policies that promote trade based on the ethical treatment of workers and farmers (question #35), and are environmentally sustainable (question #36);
- Are in relatively strong agreement that trade sanctions and other trade restrictions will affect political outcomes in targeted countries (question #17);
- Have mixed results regarding which sets of countries the U.S. government should increase trade with. The strongest support is for trade with countries in the European Union (question #26), and in Latin America (question #23), with significantly less support for trading with countries that assisted in U.S. military operations in Afghanistan (question #21), in Africa (question #22), in Asia (question #24), and in the Middle East (question #25). Open ended comments indicated that some survey participants would have liked to see the regions of the world broken down further in this survey section.