U.S. Politics Dec. 3, 2009

U.S. Seen as Less Important, China as More Powerful

A new survey of both the public and members of the Council on Foreign Relations finds an increasingly isolationist sentiment among Americans. The public also differs with CFR members on increasing troop levels in Afghanistan, the threat posed by China and the use of torture.

Pew Research Center Nov. 23, 2009

Polling Wars: Hawks vs. Doves

The contrast between attitudes toward military involvement in Afghanistan and Iran fits into a temporal pattern. Americans generally like their wars to be successful or short — and ideally both.

Global Nov. 11, 2009

Americans and Western Europeans Agree on Afghanistan-Pakistan Extremist Threat

While both Americans and Western Europeans generally believe the “Af-Pak” region potentially poses significant threats to national security, they do not share a common view about the deployment of military forces in Afghanistan.

U.S. Politics Nov. 5, 2009

Public Divided Over Afghan Troop Requests, But Still Sees Rationale for War

As Obama weighs difficult choices in Afghanistan, the public also appears to be finding it difficult to judge the merits of different options for expanding, maintaining or contracting the U.S. effort on that front.

U.S. Politics Sep. 22, 2009

Public Support for Afghanistan War Wanes

While an overwhelming number of Americans say the Taliban regaining control of Afghanistan would represent a major threat to the U.S., just half support keeping troops in that country. Pluralities of Democrats, women and those with a high school education or less favor bringing troops home as soon as possible.

Global Aug. 31, 2009

Few in NATO Support Call For Additional Forces in Afghanistan

Proposals to increase troop levels may face considerable opposition in many NATO countries, which were opposed to Obama’s original call for more forces.

U.S. Politics Jan. 29, 2009

Ideological Gaps Over Israel on Both Sides of Atlantic

The American public has long expressed strong support for Israel. In contrast, polls in Western Europe have frequently found more support for the Palestinians. But while they generally take different sides in the conflict, political ideology matters in both America and Europe.

U.S. Politics Jan. 13, 2009

Modest Backing for Israel in Gaza Crisis; No Desire for Greater U.S. Role

Americans have a mixed view of the war in Gaza, and see it in much the same way as they viewed Israel’s conflict with Hezbollah in 2006. As in the past, Americans express strong support for Israel, but there is limited approval of the current military action. However, Hamas is largely seen as primarily responsible for the outbreak of violence.

Global Jan. 8, 2009

Before Israel’s Invasion, Hamas Popularity Was Waning Among Its Neighbors — Even in Gaza Itself

Before the current Middle East conflict, Hamas hardly enjoyed universal popularity among Muslims, and among some key Arab publics, its support had been waning.

U.S. Politics Sep. 24, 2008

Support for Global Engagement Declines

The public’s top long-term foreign policy goals are decidedly America-centric. Defending the country against terrorism, protecting U.S. jobs, and weaning the country from imported energy all draw extensive bipartisan support.