April 19, 2011

U.S. Goal in the Middle East: Keeping Oil Prices Low

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Two-thirds of the public say keeping oil prices low should be a top priority for the U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

Fully 67% of Americans say that keeping oil prices low should be a very important priority for U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Another 23% say keeping oil prices low should be a somewhat important priority, while just 9% say it should be not too important (6%) or not at all important (3%). Three-quarters of Republicans (75%) say keeping oil prices low should be a very important goal for U.S. policy in the region, compared with 65% of Democrats and 63% of independents. Keeping oil prices low is viewed as very important by more of those with low incomes (77% of those with family incomes of less than $30,000) than those with higher incomes (57% of those with incomes of $75,000 or more). However, an equal proportion of Americans (67%) say preventing attacks on civilians should be a very important U.S. goal in the Middle East, while far more say preventing the spread of terrorism should be a very important goal (81%). But far fewer rate encouraging democracy (42%) or helping to protect Israel (39%) as very important priorities for U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Read More