Timothy S. Rich

Timothy S. Rich

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Timothy S. Rich is a 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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President Yoon’s Dismal Approval Ratings Create Challenges Going Forward

Timothy S. Rich

A recent survey found that only 15.15% of South Koreans approve of President Yoon Suk Yeol's job performance, while 63.08% disapprove. This decline in popularity is due to his lack of a legislative majority and policy blunders.


South Korea’s Outcry Over Fukushima Wastewater Distracts the Public from Domestic Woes

Timothy S. Rich

Survey shows that the Koreans are more concerned about Japan’s Fukushima nuclear wastewater than a similar woe which may be resulted from their domestic plants.


Survey: South Korea’s LGBT Community Faces a Hurdled Road to Same-Sex Equality

Timothy S. Rich

A recent survey showed broad opposition to same-sex marriage in South Korea, with age and political affiliation playing a role and the lasting power of Protestants in the country.


Is Democracy the Only Game in Town in Taiwan?

Timothy S. Rich

Survey revealed that a sizable portion of the Taiwanese public evaluated one of the authoritarian-era leaders favorably.


How Party Affiliation Affects Public Perceptions of Free Speech in Taiwan

Timothy S. Rich

Supporters of ruling parties would be more likely to trust the government and to assume that such restrictions are in the public’s interest.


Should Taiwan Consider a Runoff System for Presidential Elections?

Timothy S. Rich

Parties in Taiwan are unlikely to support the introduction of a runoff system in the upcoming three-way race.


Survey: For Americans, China Is a Bigger Threat Than Russia

Timothy S. Rich

Americans view Russia more negatively than China, but consider China the bigger threat.


Do Americans Support Recognizing Taiwan?

Timothy S. Rich

Survey shows Americans who view China more positively are less likely to support recognizing Taiwan as an independent country.


What Does It Mean if Micronesia Switches Recognition From China to Taiwan?

Timothy S. Rich

How does a potential switch in recognition fit into Taiwan’s broader diplomatic efforts?


How Worried Is Taiwan About Chinese Invasion?

Timothy S. Rich

Survey shows the Taiwanese public is far less concerned about a Chinese invasion than citizens of other countries in the region.

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