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US Role in World Affairs: Isolationism vs. Internationalism

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Do you think it will be best for the future of the country if we take an active part in world affairs or if we stay out of world affairs?
Global Views 2012 Survey, [May, 2012]




Please tell me why you feel that way (it would be best for the future of the country if we take an active part in/stay out of world affairs)?
%
15     Affected by events in foreign countries/part of global community
8     To be aware/know what's going on
7     Need to be involved with other countries
3     Improve economic/trade situation
2     Other external policy mentions
1     To promote freedom/democracy
8     Provide help/support to others
5     To make a difference/world a better place
2     Provide minimal help/Not get actively involved
1     Other support mentions
1     Can receive help when required
6     Better/improve security
3     To maintain peace
3     To protect own interests
1     Other security mentions
4     Strong/powerful country
3     Other image mentions
2     World leader
4     Other miscellaneous mentions
21     Need to focus on own country/have enough issues/problems internally
10     Not interfere with others
2     Provide help to US (United States) Citizens
1     Other internal policy mentions
2     Other miscellaneous mentions
2     Leads to war
2     Other countries dislike USA
2     Haven't got any help from others
1     Won't change/solve any problems
1     Need to improve US image
5     Better utilization of funds/Money could be spent elsewhere
2     Poor economic situation
1     Too expensive/Costs money
4     No answer
1     Don't know
3     Refused
Note: Asked of a partial sample who said it would be best for the future of the country if we take an active part in world affairs/stay out of world affairs (1/5 sample)
Global Views 2012 Survey, [May, 2012]




(Here is another series of statements on some different topics.)...It's best for the future of our country to be active in world affairs. Do you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree, or completely disagree?
Note: Asked of Form 1 half sample
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Values Survey, [Apr, 2012]



Promoting and Defending Democracy in the World

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(As I read a list of possible long-range foreign policy goals which the United States might have, tell me how much priority you think each should be given.)...Promoting democracy in other nations...Do you think this should have top priority, some priority, or no priority at all?
Note: Asked of Form 2 half sample
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press/Council on Foreign Relations America's Place in the World Survey, [Oct, 2013]




Please tell me which of the following statements comes closer to your point of view....Statement A: America is doing too much in other countries around the world, and it is time to do less around the world and focus more on our own problems here at home. Statement B: America must continue to push forward to promote democracy and freedom in other countries around the world because these efforts make our own country more secure.
%
74     Statement A/focus on problems at home
22     Statement B/continue to promote democracy in other countries
3     Depends/some of both (Vol.)
1     Not sure
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll, [Sep, 2013]




(Tell me which comes closer to describing your views.)...The US (United States) should be promoting democracy around the world. The US should not be promoting democracy around the world.
%
63     The US should be promoting democracy around the world
29     The US should not be promoting democracy around the world
8     Don't know/Refused
Pew Global Attitudes Project Poll, [Mar, 2012]



Attitudes Towards Various US Foreign Policy Goals

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As I read a list of possible long-range foreign policy goals which the United States might have, tell me how much priority you think each should be given....Preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction...Do you think this should have top priority, some priority, or no priority at all?
Note: Asked of Form 2 half sample
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press/Council on Foreign Relations America's Place in the World Survey, [Oct, 2013]




(As I read a list of possible long-range foreign policy goals which the United States might have, tell me how much priority you think each should be given.)...Taking measures to protect the US from terrorist attacks...Do you think this should have top priority, some priority, or no priority at all?
Note: Asked of Form 2 half sample
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press/Council on Foreign Relations America's Place in the World Survey, [Oct, 2013]




(As I read a list of possible long-range foreign policy goals which the United States might have, tell me how much priority you think each should be given.)...Protecting the jobs of American workers...Do you think this should have top priority, some priority, or no priority at all?
Note: Asked of Form 2 half sample
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press/Council on Foreign Relations America's Place in the World Survey, [Oct, 2013]



Circumstances Justifying Use of US Troops

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There has been some discussion about the circumstances that might justify using US (United States) troops in other parts of the world. Please give your opinion about some situations. Would you favor or oppose the use of US troops...if North Korea invaded South Korea?
Global Views 2012 Survey, [May, 2012]




(There has been some discussion about the circumstances that might justify using US (United States) troops in other parts of the world. Please give your opinion about some situations.) Would you favor or oppose the use of US troops...if China invaded Taiwan?
Global Views 2012 Survey, [May, 2012]




(There has been some discussion about the circumstances that might justify using US (United States) troops in other parts of the world. Please give your opinion about some situations.) Would you favor or oppose the use of US troops...to be part of an international peacekeeping force to enforce a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians?
Global Views 2012 Survey, [May, 2012]



Use of US Military in the Fight Against Terrorism

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If the United States takes military action against Syria, do you think the threat of terrorism against the United States will increase, decrease, or stay about the same?
CBS News/New York Times Poll, [Sep, 2013]




(Now I'm going to read you some pairs of statements that might be made by Democratic and Republican candidates this fall (2012). After I read each pair, please tell me which statement comes closer to your own view, even if neither is exactly right.)...The Democratic candidate says: Our country is safer because we took out dozens of top Al-Qaeda terrorists and Osama bin Laden--and our enemies know we're dead serious. We've sustained our military and critical help for our veterans. But we also worked with our allies to bring change in Libya and Egypt without troops and got our troops out of Iraq and soon in Afghanistan--and plans a massive increase in military spending. I believe it's time to rebuild our country. The Republican candidate says: America's standing in the world today is worse than when Barack Obama took office. His first foreign policy act was to travel the world apologizing for past American actions, rather than promoting American values. He has refused to side with democratic movements in Iran and Syria. Perception of American weakness has emboldened our enemies and led to attacks on American embassies. Obama has insulted one of our closest allies by refusing to meet with the Prime Minister of Israel. Obama's doctrine of 'leading from behind' is not leading at all....(If Democratic/Republican, ask:) (Is that strongly or not so strongly?)
%
39     Democratic statement strongly
11     Democratic statement not strongly
9     Republican statement not strongly
33     Republican statement strongly
4     Both (Vol.)
1     Neither (Vol.)
3     Don't know/Refused
Sample: National likely voters
Note: Asked of Form B half sample
Democracy Corps/Resurgent Republi/NPR Poll, [Sep, 2012]




Do you approve or disapprove of the United States taking military action in countries where it believes terrorists are hiding?
CBS News Poll, [Nov, 2011]



From the Archives


People have different opinions about the need for stationing American troops in Europe after the recent changes in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. In your view, should the United States...pull out all its troops from Europe, pull out most of its troops, pull out a few troops, or not pull out any troops from Europe?
Time/CNN/Yankelovich Clancy Shulman Poll, [Nov, 1989]




Should the United States continue to abide by arms control treaties that the Soviets are violating?
Geneva Summit And Arms Control Survey, [Oct, 1985]




Which would concern you more about a united Germany--its military strength or its economic strength?
Sample: National--Registered Voters
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll, [Mar, 1990]




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answered The US cannot afford to spend more money on improving health for people in developing countries when asked "Which of the following comes closer to your view? Given the serious economic problems facing the country and the world right now the US (United States) cannot afford to spend more money on improving health for people in developing countries. It is more important than ever for the US to spend more money on improving health for people in developing countries."
Kaiser US Role in Global Health Survey, [Feb, 2012]


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