Americans Move Toward More Active Foreign Policy, Views of Democrats Largely UnchangedPosted: September 9, 2014
Patrick O’Connor reports: When President Barack Obama addresses the nation Wednesday to outline his plan for combating Islamic militants destabilizing the Middle East, his audience will have a stronger appetite for foreign engagements than it did back in the spring.
The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found 27% of registered voters would like to see the U.S. play a more active role in world affairs, up from 19% back in April. A plurality of 40% still believes the U.S. should be less active on the world stage, but that is down from 47% in April.
Full results of the poll will be released at 6:30 p.m ET Tuesday.
Republicans, in particular, are decidedly more inclined to support a more robust foreign policy. In April, 45% of self-identified Republicans wanted the U.S. to be less active in the world, while 29% said the country should be more active. In the September survey, Republicans wanted the U.S. to play a greater role in world events by a margin of 41%-34%.
Similar swings occurred among conservatives and people with post-graduate degrees. The views of Democrats were largely unchanged, while independents grew slightly more supportive of a more vigorous foreign policy.
This shifting sentiment comes as Mr. Obama lays out the steps he plans to take to beat back the Islamic State…(read more)
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