37% Say UN Doing ‘Good Job’ Solving Problems

Thirty-seven percent of Americans say the United Nations is doing a “good job” of solving the problems it faces, similar to what Gallup has measured since 2013 but above the 2009 low of 26%. CONT. Justin McCarthy, Gallup Read more »

Infrastructure Spending Deemed Most Important Trump Promise

Two-thirds of Americans (69%) say it is “very important” for President-elect Donald Trump to keep his campaign promise to enact major spending on infrastructure renewal. More than half say Trump’s promises to reduce income taxes for all Americans, establish tariffs on foreign imports and deport illegal immigrants convicted of crimes […] Read more »

Americans Overwhelmingly Support Cooperative International Engagement But Want US to Play a Less Dominant Role

A new study from the University of Maryland’s Program for Public Consultation calls into question the widespread assumption that the American public wants to disengage from world affairs. Rather, the PPC study reveals that large majorities support cooperative forms of international engagement—including full participation in NATO and giving foreign aid—but […] Read more »

Public Uncertain, Divided Over America’s Place in the World

The public views America’s role in the world with considerable apprehension and concern. In fact, most Americans say it would be better if the U.S. just dealt with its own problems and let other countries deal with their own problems as best they can. With the United States facing an […] Read more »

America Divided: Political Partisanship and US Foreign Policy

The results of the 2015 Chicago Council Survey demonstrate that the American public remains committed to engagement in the world—as it has been for the more than 40 years the Council has conducted its surveys. But on specific policies, public opinion often divides along party lines. At a fundamental level, […] Read more »

Survey Shows Partisan Leaders and Public United on Foreign Policy Goals, Divided on Issues such as Iran, Climate Change, Multilateralism

Partisan disputes among US policymakers seem to be growing by the week, whether on negotiations with Iran, immigration reform, or climate change. To what extent are these divisions unique to foreign policy leaders? How much do they also reflect polarization among the American public? To examine these questions, The Chicago […] Read more »

Americans Continue to See UN as a Poor Problem-Solver

Although there is no shortage of threats to peace and security around the world today, Americans do not see the United Nations doing any better at solving the problems it has had to face than has been the case in recent years. The majority of Americans continue to say the […] Read more »