The Iraqi Opinion Thermometer
June 22, 2021
The Burke Chair at CSIS is presenting findings on Iraqi public opinion in 2021 on democracy and governance. The Iraqi Opinion Thermometer (IOT) poll conducted in April 2021 aims to determine whether the state of public opinion in the country is conducive to a sustainable and well-functioning pluralistic democracy.
The research is conducted by an affiliate of the Burke Chair, Munqith Dagher, alongside Karl Kaltenthaler in partnership with IIACSS. Dr. Munqith Dagher is the CEO and founder of the Independent Institute of Administration and Civil Society Studies (IIACSS) research group (Al-Mustakella) in Iraq and a Gallup International board member. Dr. Karl Kaltenthaler is the Director of the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies at the University of Akron.
IIACSS was established in 2003 and conducted the first poll in the history of modern Iraq. Interviews were completed on tablets through a specialized program (CAPI) and through computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI).
Dr. Munqith Dagher is the CEO and founder of IIACSS research group (Al Mustakillah) in Iraq and a Gallup International board member. He conducted Iraq’s first-ever public opinion poll in 2003. Munqith holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration and a Master’s degree in War Sciences. He was professor of public administration and strategic management in Baghdad, Basrah and at the National Defense University.
Karl Kaltenthaler’s research and teaching focuses on security policy, political violence, political psychology, public opinion and political behavior, terrorism, counterterrorism, and xenophobia.