Seven in Ten Americans Favor Congressional Candidates Who Will Pursue a Major Change in Foreign Policy
A Majority Supports Direct
Talks with North Korea and Iran
U.S. Public Wants Less
Emphasis on Military Force, More on Working Through U.N.
Going into the November midterm
elections, seven in ten Americans say they prefer Congressional candidates who
will pursue a new approach to U.S. foreign policy. A new nationwide survey finds
a large and growing majority of Americans is dissatisfied with the position of
the United States in the world. Most Americans believe that U.S. policies are
increasing the threat of terrorist attack and decreasing goodwill toward the
Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA)/Knowledge Networks
poll also finds that large majorities of Americans feel that the United States
puts too much emphasis on military force and unilateral action. Most say they
want their member of Congress to work to shift the emphasis of U.S. foreign
policy in favor of diplomacy, multilateral cooperation, and homeland security.
They also stress the need for programs to reduce the United States'
dependence on oil. When given the opportunity to reshape the foreign policy
budget, respondents redistribute spending from military programs to other
methods of pursuing security.