Indispensable No More? How the American Public Sees U.S. Foreign Policy | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Indispensable No More? How the American Public Sees U.S. Foreign Policy

Executive Summary:
The Eurasia Group Foundation (EGF) commissioned a national survey to investigate the foreign policy preferences of American voters. We asked more than twelve hundred respondents detailed questions about their views on foreign policy. This follows a version of a survey which we reported on last year. The following observations are included among our study’s findings:

Americans favor a less aggressive foreign policy. The findings are consistent across a number of foreign policy issues, and across generations and party lines:–More than twice as many want to decrease as increase the defense budget;–Thirty-five percent more think America should decrease than increase its military presence in East Asia as a response to a rising China.

A plurality want to end the war in Afghanistan within the next year regardless of outcome;–In a hypothetical invasion of a Baltic NATO ally by Russia, only half believe America should respond militarily.?Support for American exceptionalism and leadership continues to be driven by the power of America’s example, but the public confidence in America’s example is apparently eroding. Compared with last year, fewer Americans believe the U.S. is exceptional for what it represents, and more believe the U.S. is not an exceptional country.