The impact of the “Fall of the Wall” on American opinions about the Cold War were as profound as the event was dramatic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
President Obama emphasized the importance of U.S.-European relations in Brussels today amid the allies’ growing concerns about Russia’s increasingly assertive behavior in Eastern Europe — and at a time when most Americans see political, economic and military ties with the continent as more important than they did several years ago.
In the wake of Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region, public concern about Russia has increased, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.
As Russian troops remain in Ukraine’s Crimea region and Crimea’s Parliament has set up a secession vote, Americans prefer the U.S. to not get too involved in the situation.