Timothy S. Rich

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Timothy S. Rich is an associate professor of political science and the director of the International Public Opinion Lab (IPOL) at Western Kentucky University. His main research focuses on the electoral politics of Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan. His broader research interests include the domestic and international politics of East Asia, and qualitative and quantitative methods.

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2022/07/07 | Timothy S. Rich

How Does the Taiwanese Public View Efforts Against Misinformation?

Survey results have identified a crucial element in Taiwan’s fight against misinformation: the use of fact-checks.

2022/06/09 | Timothy S. Rich

To What Extent Do South Koreans Perceive North Korean Cyberattacks as a Threat?

A recent survey of South Koreans indicates that cyberattacks are viewed as a threat comparable to nuclear weapons, particularly among the elderly.

2022/04/12 | Timothy S. Rich

How Does the South Korean Public View Misinformation on Social Media?

Survey results suggest a continued challenge in finding broadly accepted efforts at combating misinformation—despite a general consensus among an otherwise polarized electorate on the value of responding.

2022/03/15 | Timothy S. Rich

South Korea: How Did the Pardon of Park Geun-hye Affect the Election?

A pre-election survey undermines the oft-cited idea that national unity in South Korea is promoted through pardons of former presidents.

2022/03/10 | Timothy S. Rich

South Korea: How Does Moon Jae-in’s Presidency Affect the Election

The results of a pre-election survey suggest that growing backlash to Covid-19 policies led to declining support for Moon, perhaps indirectly affecting perceptions of the losing candidate, Lee Jae-myung.

2021/12/28 | Timothy S. Rich

No, Taiwan Shouldn’t Sabotage TSMC: A Response to “Broken Nest”

A recent paper making the rounds in policy circles advocates for Taiwan to deliberately destroy semiconductor manufacturer TSMC to deter an invasion. Here’s why that’s not a good idea.

2021/12/11 | Timothy S. Rich

What Nicaragua’s Shift Means — And What It Doesn’t.

Taiwan’s unofficial relations with countries like the U.S. provide far more to Taiwan’s political and economic security.

2021/12/01 | Timothy S. Rich

Survey: How Concerned Are Americans About a Conflict with China and North Korea?

In contrast with North Korea, China is more credibly seen as posing both a military and economic threat to the U.S. and the public is likely more familiar with China’s human rights abuses.

2021/08/02 | Timothy S. Rich

Survey: US Perceptions of China in the Early Biden Era

Our survey indicates a broadly shared concern about China in the United States, but not necessarily a consensus on what to do in regards to the economic challenges China poses.

2020/06/08 | Timothy S. Rich

Survey: South Koreans Oppose a More Open Refugee Policy

A study of South Korean attitudes towards refugees shows general opposition to a more open approach. Welcoming non-Korean and Muslim refugees receives lower support than welcoming North Korean refugees.

2019/07/05 | Timothy S. Rich

South Korea Lags Behind Taiwan on LGBT Rights

South Korea is unlikely to be the next in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage.

2018/11/26 | Timothy S. Rich

OPINION: Failure of Olympic Name Poll Shows Taiwanese Voters' Pragmatism

The emphasis on the tangible costs of abandoning the 'Chinese Taipei' Olympic name appears to have won over voters unable to identify the benefits of trying to compete as 'Taiwan'.

2018/04/02 | Timothy S. Rich

OPINION: Think Twice Before Backing a Referendum on Taiwan's Constitution

The benefits of a referendum proposed by the Island of Joy and Happiness Coalition calling for a new Taiwan constitution remain unclear.

2018/03/14 | Timothy S. Rich

OPINION: Taiwan's Diplomatic Isolation Is Exaggerated

Losing diplomatic partners does not hamper Taiwan's ability to interact internationally and may in fact just save some aid dollars.

2017/05/12 | Timothy S. Rich

Towards Engagement with North Korea: Implications of the South Korean Presidential Election

The new South Korean President’s interest in engagement with North Korea may aid in improving relations with China, providing greater means to entice North Korea with both carrots and sticks, argues Timothy Rich.

2017/03/10 | Timothy S. Rich

Park’s Impeachment to be Felt Far and Wide

The impact of Park’s impeachment will likely last beyond this election cycle.