The American people support including US allies in the Visa Waiver Program

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When it comes to travel to the US without visa, the Americans have a strong and flawless opinion. They say that this right should be granted to citizens form specific countries that: support US policies in the world (almost 60%), support US counter-terrorism efforts with troops on the ground (57%), have a low rate of overstay in the US (51%), and are not a major source of illegal immigrants (50%).

The Institute for Political Sciences and International Relationships “Ion I. C. Brătianu” of the Romanian Academy and the Laboratory of Information Warfare Analysis and Strategic Communication (LARICS), under the patronage of the Romanian Academy, have presented a sociological study based on two surveys simultaneously done on the Romanian and American societies.

The study “Values, perceptions and representations of the population of Romania and the United States of America”, commissioned by LARICS, represents a scientific contribution that has the potential to help strengthen the strategic partnership between Romania and the United States of America, by providing a comparative and an in-depth knowledge of the two societies. The study reveals the values, attitudes, states of mind of the two societies in 2018 and their particularities.

The national survey was conducted by INSCOP Research (www.inscop.roat the request of LARICS, during 12th – 23rd October 2018, on a sample of 1050 individuals, representative for the Romanian population (18 and over 18 years). The maximum permissible error is ± 3%, at a confidence interval of 95%, given a probabilistic, multi-layered sample. The data was collected through a questionnaire applied by the interview operators at the home of the respondents. The sample was validated based on the National Statistics Institute’s official data.

The survey in the United States of America was conducted by The Polling Company (www.pollingcompany.com) during 19th – 22nd October, 2018, on a sample of 1050 individuals, representative for the US population (18 and over 18 years). The maximum permissible error is ± 3%, at a confidence interval of 95%. The data was collected through a phone questionnaire, providing live opt-in response technology of 70% landline, 30% cell phone coverage.

Inscop Research (Romania) and The Polling Company (USA) have signed a collaboration partnership through which they offer each other support for conducting sociological studies, not only in Romania and other countries in the region, but also in the United States of America. The two companies are also working for developing a set of innovative methodologies, already tested on the American market, which can be applied on Romanian and regional markets.

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