Dina Smeltz

Senior Fellow on Public Opinion and Foreign Policy 

Dina Smeltz joined The Chicago Council in February 2012 as a senior fellow in public opinion and foreign policy. She has nearly 20 years of experience in designing and fielding international social, political and foreign policy surveys.

As the director of research in the Middle East and South Asia division (2001-2007) and analyst/director of the European division (1992-2004) in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the U.S. State Department’s Office of Research, Dina conducted over a hundred surveys in these regions and regularly briefed senior government officials on key research findings. Her experience includes mass public and elite surveys, as well as qualitative research. She has written numerous policy-relevant reports on Arab, Muslim, and South Asian regional attitudes toward political, economic, social, and foreign policy issues. Her writing also includes policy briefs and reports on the post-1989 political transitions in Central and Eastern Europe, and European attitudes toward a wide range foreign policy issues including globalization, European integration, immigration, NATO, and European security. 

With a special emphasis research in post-conflict situations (informally referred to as a “combat pollster”), Dina has worked with research teams in Bosnia, Kosovo, Cyprus, Israel-Palestinian Territories, and in Iraq (2003-2005), where she was one of the few people on the ground who could accurately report average Iraqis impressions of the post-war situation.  In the past three years, Dina has consulted for several NGOs and research organizations on projects spanning women’s development in Afghanistan, civil society in Egypt, and evaluating voter education efforts in Iraq.   

Dina has an MA from the University of Michigan and a BS from Pennsylvania State University. 

Follow Dina on Twitter @RoguePollster.


Running Numbers"Half of Americans Say US Government Not Doing Enough on Climate Change," Commentary by Dina Smeltz, Craig Kafura, and Liz Deadrick on the Running Numbers Blog9/23/2014 

Foreign Policy in the Age of Retrenchment"Foreign Policy in the Age of Retrenchment," 2014 Chicago Council Survey9/15/2014 

Americans Prefer Neutrality in Israeli-Palestinian ConflictAmericans Prefer Neutrality in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict8/7/2014 

At NAFTA’s Platinum Anniversary: American Attitudes toward Cross-Border TiesAt NAFTA’s Platinum Anniversary: American Attitudes toward Cross-Border Ties3/24/2014 

Survey Findings: Mexicans and Americans Want Focus on Security, Understand Importance of TradeSurvey Findings: Mexicans and Americans Want Focus on Security, Understand Importance of Trade2/14/2014 

Business Leaders on Immigration: The View from the MidwestBusiness Leaders on Immigration: The View from the Midwest2/3/2014 

Winning Americans' Trust on Immigration ReformThe Washington Times, Rachel Bronson and Dina Smeltz11/30/2012 

Anti-US protests and Arab public opinion: Q&AGlobalPost Interview with Dina Smeltz9/17/2012 

Foreign Policy in the New MillenniumChicago Council Survey9/10/2012 

Americans Support No-Fly Zone and Sanctions in SyriaChicago Council Survey7/18/2012 

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