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LAPOP Workshops

The LAPOP Lab is a center for excellence in international survey research, located at Vanderbilt University. The lab’s main goals are to produce high-quality public opinion data; develop and implement cutting-edge methods; build capacity in survey research; and generate policy-relevant research.

To support advances in survey methodology, the lab hosts workshops that aim to bring together faculty, students, and other researchers to exchange ideas about topics in survey research. The series is intentionally trans-institutional, engaging scholarship from multiple disciplines. Each workshop begins with a 30-minute presentation followed by a 30-minute Q&A.

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Fall 2020

Date: 12/1/2020 at 12:10 PM
Title: Understanding the Circumstances under which Individuals Acknowledge Torture and Sexual Violence
Presenter: Daniela Barba-Sánchez, Vanderbilt University
Abstract: Under what circumstances do individuals acknowledge abusive behaviors as human rights violations? While there is a fair number of studies trying to understand the underreporting of human rights violations, conflict and human rights studies still need to explore victims’ acknowledgment of violations. Other disciplines have studied the conditions that influence the acknowledgment of sexual violence by private individuals, but we still need to understand systematically citizens' failure to articulate abusive behaviors by state actors as violations. This question matters since the lack of acknowledgment of violations may drive their underreporting and might thus decrease the demand to end impunity. I study this question by looking at an original national survey implemented in Mexico. The survey assessed the extent to which respondents articulate abusive behaviors against a hypothetical suspected kidnapper as torture and sexual violence, which are prevalent in the context of the government's fight against organized crime. Indeed, preliminary findings show that those who report having been arrested are more likely to acknowledge violations that constitute torture. At the same time, while we would expect fear of crime to be associated with lower estimates of acknowledgment, I find the opposite effect. I explore the role of the local governments' narratives on crime in conditioning these relationships.

Date: 12/10/2020 at 12:10 PM
Title: An Electorate in Flux? Tracking Partisanship and Presidential Approval Ratings in Mexico
Presenters: James McCann, Purdue University; Thomas Mustillo, University of Notre Dame
Abstract: Much research has been conducted on the dynamics of partisanship and presidential approval ratings in established industrialized democracies. Significantly less is known about these dynamics in emerging democracies, where party systems are often less institutionalized. In this presentation, we will discuss the stability of party identification and presidential approval in the Mexican context, drawing from a unique six-wave panel survey that tracked residents of the Greater Mexico City region from late-2018, near the start of the Andrés Manuel López Obrador administration, to mid-2020. The data for this project were gathered using an initial wave of in-person surveys, with subsequent waves conducted using a combination of text messages, cell phone voice calls, and home-based voice calls. Our analysis includes a model of panel participation and attrition using respondent attributes and interview modalities.