5 takeaways on how Americans view a world in crisis
The crises in the Middle East with ISIS and the power struggle with Russian in the Ukraine have caused Americans shift to their views on U.S. global involvement.
As Global Threats Loom, More Say U.S. Does Too Little
The share of Americans saying the U.S. does too little to address global problems has nearly doubled since last November. The Islamic militants known as ISIS or ISIL tops the public’s list of security concerns.
Kohut: How Americans View an Unruly World
Andrew Kohut writes in the Wall Street Journal that when Americans look at the world’s trouble spots, majorities are inclined to say they aren’t our problem.
Americans, especially young adults, back strong economic ties with China
About half of Americans (51%) say it is more important to build a stronger relationship with China on economic issues, while 41% say it is more important to get tougher with China.
Doubts About Bergdahl Prisoner Exchange
The public has a more negative than positive view of the prisoner exchange that freed U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl, but most think the U.S. has a responsibility to do all it can to free captive U.S. soldiers in general, regardless of the circumstances of their capture.
Less than half of Ukrainians support economic aid from the West
The Ukrainians’ lack of enthusiasm for economic aid comes at a time when their economic outlook is bleak.
Obama charts a new foreign policy course for a public that wants the focus to be at home
The speech also comes at a time when the American public has less of an appetite for foreign involvement and believes American clout is not what it used to be.
Is Attacking Obama’s Foreign Policy a Winning Strategy?
Some Republicans see foreign policy as a winning campaign theme given President Obama’s handling of recent international crises. But surveys suggest that may not be the case.
In Germany, U.S., polls find little support for military aid to Ukraine
The action most favored by Germans (69%) in response to Russia’s incursion into Ukraine is economic and financial support for Ukraine, a measure that both the U.S. and Ukraine governments have backed.
Americans: Disengaged, feeling less respected, but still see U.S. as world’s military superpower
Polls show that Americans don’t want to get too involved in Ukraine’s problems with Russian encroachment, just as they have been disinclined to get drawn into other recent world trouble spots, including Syria, Egypt and Libya.