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Who Supports International Development Cooperation in Times of Crisis? Public Opinion in Rural Spain

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Department of Psychology and Sociology, Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza 50009, Spain
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Department of Structure and Economic History and Economics Public, Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza 50005, Spain
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Sustainability 2019, 11(7), 2027; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11072027
Received: 28 February 2019 / Revised: 2 April 2019 / Accepted: 3 April 2019 / Published: 5 April 2019
The official development aid provided by donor countries does not solely depend on government decisions; it is also affected by trends in public opinion. This means that it is important to find out more about the opinions, views and attitudes of the citizens of donor countries. In spite of this, very few research studies have specifically analysed the opinions of people from rural areas. The aim of this research is to analyse the attitudes of the inhabitants of rural areas in northeast Spain to assess the degree of support for policies of international cooperation and development. To this end we carried out a survey of 403 people resident in small towns, selected using a stratified sampling process. We then conducted multivariate statistical techniques of the information we had gathered, in which we found that there were three types of individuals according to their level of interest, concern and action: aware but not actively involved, not interested and passive, and proactive with strong convictions. This research has shown that educational level, size of the town and age all influence the person’s interest in the problems affecting the rest of the world and their support for international cooperation. View Full-Text
Keywords: public opinion; attitudes; rural people; development cooperation; support public opinion; attitudes; rural people; development cooperation; support
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Gómez-Quintero, J.D.; Gargallo Valero, P.; Miguel Álvarez, J. Who Supports International Development Cooperation in Times of Crisis? Public Opinion in Rural Spain. Sustainability 2019, 11, 2027. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11072027

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Gómez-Quintero JD, Gargallo Valero P, Miguel Álvarez J. Who Supports International Development Cooperation in Times of Crisis? Public Opinion in Rural Spain. Sustainability. 2019; 11(7):2027. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11072027

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Gómez-Quintero, Juan D.; Gargallo Valero, Pilar; Miguel Álvarez, Jesús. 2019. "Who Supports International Development Cooperation in Times of Crisis? Public Opinion in Rural Spain" Sustainability 11, no. 7: 2027. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11072027

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