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In fall 2018, survey analyst James Ron teamed up with colleagues from the University of Minnesota and Center for Victims of Torture to conduct a survey exploring American attitudes towards a wide range of civil and human rights issues, at home and abroad. Their respondents included a nationally representative sample of 2,000 adult American, along with 1,000 respondents who had voted for Donald J. Trump in the 2016 Republican primaries. All respondents were recruited online and surveyed by YouGov, one of the world’s most respected survey providers.

Overall, two thirds of the nationally representative sample opposed US air strikes that killed civilians, confirming a trend identified in previous surveys: Americans like strikes by manned aircraft and drones because they do not endanger US troops, but are uneasy when told that these strikes may kill innocents. In a 2018 Pew survey, for example, 58 percent of respondents supported drone strikes against foreign extremists, but 80 percent were also concerned these strikes would endanger civilians. …


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James Ron, PhD, is an independent researcher and consultant who taught and conducted research for 21 years at Johns Hopkins University, McCill University, the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs in Ottawa, and the University of Minnesota. He has long focused on political violence, international politics, human rights, humanitarian aid, civil society, and public opinion in the US and the global South. In 2017, Ron co-authored the book Taking Root: Human Rights & Public Opinion in the Global South, with Shannon Golden, David Crow, and Archana Pandya. Toward the end of 2018, Prof. …


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A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with a PhD in sociology, Prof. James Ron has conducted groundbreaking research on human rights and political violence in locations around the world. Outside of his scholarly work, Prof. Ron has also volunteered with the medical charity, Life for a Child, since 2009. To assist the charity’s life-saving efforts, Prof. Ron has conducted monitoring visits to clinics and hospitals in India, Mexico, Morocco, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

A program of the International Diabetes Foundation, Life for a Child works to prevent diabetes-related mortality and morbidity in low and middle income countries. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that affects millions of children and adults worldwide. Individuals with the condition must carefully monitor blood glucose levels and inject insulin several times a day, in addition to rigorously managing their diet and exercise habits. …


An experienced researcher based in Minneapolis, James Ron, PhD, is a tenured professor with the University of Minnesota. Dr. James Ron brings over two decades of consultancy and research experience to his work, which includes undertaking assessments and translating survey results. One of his most recent projects involved creating editorial pieces based the results of a 2018 poll that he and his colleagues conducted on public opinion related to human rights in the US.

The survey involved 3,000 adults, which comprised a nationally representative pool of 2,000 individuals and a 1,000-person oversample of those who voted for President Donald Trump during the 2016 Republican primaries. According to the results, the American public generally supports human rights across various foreign and domestic issues. The poll also identified three key contributing factors to anti-human rights sentiments among US adults: membership in the Republican Party, nativism, and racism against African Americans by white people. Republican Party partisanship as a factor is attributed to the party’s leadership, which takes a skeptical stance on pro-human rights issues related to refugees and immigration, among others. …

James Ron

A Minneapolis based research professional, James Ron has a background spanning three decades and locations around the globe. JamesRon.org

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