What Others are Saying about the 2012 Chicago Council Survey

Think Again: The Republican Party
Foreign Policy – January/February 2013
Support among independents for an active foreign policy has declined by 15 percentage points in the past decade, according to a poll by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and a recent Pew Research Center study found that most Americans think the United States should share global leadership with others. 

Rebooting Republican Foreign Policy
Foreign Affairs – January/February 2013
A 2008 survey by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs showed that 83 percent of Americans polled placed the highest priority on "improving America's standing in the world" -- a higher figure than for the traditional top priority of protecting American jobs… A 2012 Pew survey noted that "defending against terrorism and strengthening the military are given less priority today than over the course of the past decade," and the 2012 Chicago Council on Global Affairs survey showed "a strong desire to move on from a decade of war, scale back spending, and avoid major new military entanglements." The Chicago survey also showed that independents had drifted toward Democrats and away from Republicans on most major foreign policy issues.

Hagel is Definitely in the Mainstream (Op-Ed)
Eurasia Review – December 29, 2012
Also take a look at the latest in a series of quadrennial polls conducted earlier this year and released in September by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. While the general public hopes to reduce direct U.S. involvement in the Middle East, a 50% plurality said one of the very few situations in which they would support the deployment of U.S. troops there would be as part of a peacekeeping force to help ensure an Israeli-Palestinian settlement… Finally, the Chicago Council asked respondents to say what they would prefer the U.S. do if Israel attacks Iran’s nuclear facilities, and Iran retaliated against Israel. The question was, should the U.S. “bring its military on the side of Israel against Iran?” Thirty-eight percent of respondents said yes, but a 56% majority said no. 

U.S.-China Economic Relations in the Wake of the U.S. Election
Pew Research Center – December 10, 2012
It is the Obama administration’s avowed aim to construct a [Trans-Pacific Partnership] with standards so high — especially rules regarding behavior by state-owned enterprises — that China could never join without transforming its economic system. This stance in part reflects the fact that two-thirds (67%) of the U.S. public believe China practices unfair trade, according to a 2012 survey by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

The ‘Red Dawn’ Case for Cutting U.S. Defense Spending
Bloomberg BusinessWeek ― December 2, 2012
The American public appears more clear-eyed than its politicians about the true threats to national security. The 2012 Chicago Council Survey found that the top three foreign policy goals of the U.S.—mentioned by more than two-thirds of people as very important—are protecting the jobs of American workers, reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil, and preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.

Bronson and Smeltz: Winning Americans’ trust on immigration reform
The Washington Times — Nov 30, 2012
The 2012 Chicago Council nationwide public opinion survey found that for the first time in nearly two decades, only a minority of Americans considered illegal immigration a critical threat to U.S. vital interests. This marks a staggering 32-point decline since 1994.

The Need for US-Iran Talks
New York Times — November 12, 2012
A recent survey by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs found that 67 percent of Americans believe the Iraq war was not worth it, 69 percent think the United States is no safer from terrorism as a result of the Afghan war, and 71 percent say the Iraq...

For U.S. Voters, Foreign Policy Needs to Reflect Economic Goals
The Hindu ― October 27, 2012
These observations track closely with a recent report by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs on U.S. public attitudes toward international affairs.

Americans Do Care About Foreign Policy
U.S. News and World Report — October 25, 2012
This biannual report from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, which has been conducting nationwide public opinion survey on foreign policy since 1974, finds that Americans are less and less worried about terrorism and more concerned with the rise of Asia and problems like Syria…

Stephen M. Walt: Top ten questions you won't hear at tonight's debate
Foreign Policy (blog) – Oct. 22, 2012
According to the latest survey from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, U.S. citizens think the most important foreign policy issue facing the country is "protecting the jobs of American workers." Indeed, 84 percent of respondents in both parties ...

Five Foreign Policy Flashpoints for Tonight's Debate
The Fiscal Times – Oct 22, 2012
A Chicago Council on Global Affairs survey released in early September found Americans are souring on intervention abroad with a majority now saying the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan weren't worth the cost in lives or treasure. Fully 82 percent want the ...

Obama and Romney faulted for China-bashing
Aljazeera.com – Oct 22, 2012
Fresh assessment of the candidates' competing China policies has come about after the Chicago Council on Global Affairs released a report showing that the majority of Americans support "a policy of friendly engagement and co-operation with China".

The meaning of 'firm stand' on Iran
The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A. (blog) – Oct 21, 2012
A new poll from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs – also published last week – clearly demonstrates this phenomenon. “Americans view Iran and its nuclear ambitions as one of the most critical threats to the United States, but partisanship colors ...

Libya Has Become The Flash Point Of Foreign Policy Debate
Vermont Public Radio – Oct 21, 2012
"I don't think it's as big an issue as some of the rhetoric is making it out to be," says Dina Smeltz, a senior fellow on public opinion at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. "A lot of people aren't following it, and even if they are, it's a little ...

Our view: Immigrants seen as less of a threat to US
Post-Tribune – Oct 21, 2012
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs has surveyed Americans since 1994, covering issues such as terrorism, foreign-policy goals and immigration. Then, 72 percent of those surveyed cited immigrants as a critical threat. Similarly, the percentage that ...

Jerusalem Report Bibi sticks his neck out
Jerusalem Post – Oct 20, 2012
A poll released in mid-September by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs found that 59 percent of Americans say that the US should not come to Israel's aid, if an Israeli strike against Iran triggers a regional war. If Netanyahu was trying to gain ...

Our View: Settling In
News-Sun Oct 18, 2012
...The Chicago Council on Global Affairs has been surveying Americans since 1994, covering issues such as terrorism, foreign-policy goals and immigration. In 1994, 72 percent of those surveyed cited immigrants as a critical threat...

Why Neither Romney Nor Obama Won the Town Hall Debate
ChicagoNow (blog) – Oct 17, 2012
A recent survey conducted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs shows that the militaristic tendency of our candidates is not a desirable trait. Americans, according to the survey, are tired of war and what it has brought the American people ...

South Korean Public Opinion and the US-ROK Alliance
Council on Foreign Relations (blog) – Oct 17, 2012
The Korea Economic Institute of America co-hosted an event with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Asan Institute for Policy Studies yesterday at which I presented my analysis of Chicago Council results of its biennial poll of American ...

Survey paints picture of war-weary America 
Chicago Tribune – Oct 16, 2012
The survey, conducted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, shows a public weary of war, eager to collaborate with other nations to resolve crises, wary of entanglements in Syria, preferring diplomacy over military action to stop Iran's nuclear ...

Editorial: Fewer see immigrants as a threat to U.S.
Chicago Sun-Times – Oct 15, 2012
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs has been surveying Americans since 1994, covering issues such as terrorism, foreign-policy goals and immigration. In 1994, 72 percent of those surveyed cited immigrants as a critical threat. It dropped to 40 ...

How Americans' view the MidEast
Zawya (registration) – Oct 15, 2012 
"When this finding is compared to two very similar questions asked in June 2012 by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, it appears that the majority preferring lower aid to Egypt has grown significantly," the report noted. "In June, a lesser 52 ...

The Lessons of the Afghanistan War
U.S. News & World Report – Oct 12, 2012
As I noted in my post last week, a whopping 67 percent of those polled told the Chicago Council on Global Affairs that the war in Afghanistan was "not worth

U.S. less worried about immigration
UPI.com – Oct 11, 2012
The 2012 survey by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs found that only 40 percent of respondents say large numbers of immigrants are a "critical threat.

Americans less threatened by immigration: survey
AFP
CHICAGO — The number of Americans who consider a large influx of immigrants ... fell below 51 percent in a survey by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Survey shows Americans feel less threatened by immigration than in previous ...
Globe and Mail – Oct 11, 2012
It was a sharp drop from a peak of 72 per cent in 1994, and the first time since then that the number of Americans who feel threatened by immigrants fell below 51 per cent in a survey by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

More Americans want to cut aid to Egypt after embassy attack
Los Angeles Times – Oct 8, 2012
The numbers mark a significant increase from a June poll by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, which found roughly half of respondents wanted Egyptian ...

The Americans aren't interested
Haaretz – Oct 5, 2012
According to a recent study of public attitudes on foreign policy, undertaken by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a majority of Americans both oppose ...

Neocon Uber-Hawks Want War on Iran
Bay Area Indymedia – Oct 2, 2012
They're mindless about a new Chicago Council on Global Affairs poll. It shows 70% of Americans oppose attacking Iran unilaterally, and 59% said if Israel goes it alone, Washington shouldn't defend its action. On September 15, New York Times columnist ...

How Hawkish Are Americans?
Huffington Post – Oct 1, 2012
The latest evidence along these lines is Foreign Policy in the New Millennium, a nationwide opinion survey recently released as a report by the highly-respected Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Conducted in late May and early June 2012, the survey ...

Betting all-in
Iranian – Sept 28, 2012
It's even harder to recall a time when a trusted ally openly urged the American president to undertake a questionable, unpopular and highly risky war.” A recent poll conducted by the nonpartisan Chicago Council on Global Affairs shows that, “only 38 ...

How Obama, Romney foreign policies are alike
Christian Science Monitor – Sept 25, 2012
The two candidates are certainly in tune with today's voters. In a survey of public opinion released this month by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the most popular foreign-policy goal is protecting the jobs of Americans workers. Support for that ...

How Hawkish Are Americans?
History News Network – Sept 23, 2012
The latest evidence along these lines is a nationwide opinion survey just released as a report (Foreign Policy in the New Millennium) by the highly-respected Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Conducted in late May and early June 2012, the survey ...

US-Israel relations: a dangerous crisis
Al-Monitor – Sept 21, 2012
However, Keller cites a new survey [by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, released on Sept. 10], according to which 70% of Americans oppose a [unilateral] US military strike, while 59% say that the US should not come to Israel's aid if it bombs Iran.

Déjà Vu All Over Again?
The Jewish Press – Sept 20, 2012
But 70 percent of Americans oppose a unilateral strike on Iran, according to a new poll by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and 59 percent said if Israel bombs Iran and ignites a war, the United States should not come to its ally's defense. So ...

US election unlikely to change US foreign policy
Deutsche Welle – Sept 20, 2012
Just 24 percent of Americans believe their country plays "a more important" role as world leader compared to a decade ago, according to a September 2012 study by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. "When Obama was elected there was a recognition ...

What might Netanyahu do when his American mob tells him Romney won't win?
Sabbah Report – Sept 19, 2012
Perhaps most remarkable of all was a poll by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. More than half of the respondents said that if Israel starts a war with Iran, the US should not leap to Israel's defense. So if and when he is told that Romney won't be ...

Foreign policy rates barely a mention as US turns inward
Brisbane Times – Sept 18, 2012
Last week, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs published its annual survey of American public opinion and US foreign policy. Among other things, it found that Americans are now less likely to support the use of force in many circumstances and are ...

Can Obama stand his ground?
MENAFN.COM – Sept 17, 2012
An opinion conducted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and released on Monday shows that there is an overwhelming opposition to the idea of attacking Iran among American voters, with 70 per cent saying they are opposed to the idea of a ...

Anti-US protests and Arab public opinion: Q&A
GlobalPost – Sept 17, 2012
To better quantify the issues behind the protests, GlobalPost contacted Dina Smeltz, a public opinion and foreign policy fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs who has spent 20 years doing survey work on Arab opinion at the US State Department.

US official visits amid rising tensions
China Daily – Sept 16, 2012
In a recent poll conducted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, when asked whether Japan or China is more important to the US, seven in 10 US citizens said that China is more important. Commentator Peng Nian said the US defense secretary's visits ...

Another fuse in a firestorm
Saudi Gazette – Sept 15, 2012
Many Israeli leaders are deeply worried that Netanyahu's belligerence could dilute Israel's most important asset, the tremendous goodwill of the American people. A survey by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs found this week that 70 percent of ...

Iran in Israel's hair
The News International – Sept 15, 2012
And it's not just these opinion leaders; an overwhelming majority of Americans, as much as 70 percent, according to a new poll by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs is against attacking Iran or joining an Israeli war on Tehran. Yet Netanyahu wants a ...

No Rush to War
New York Times – Sept 14, 2012
There is no reason to doubt President Obama's oft-repeated commitment to keep Iran from having a nuclear weapon. But 70 percent of Americans oppose a unilateral strike on Iran, according to a new poll by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and 59 ...

82% of Americans back diplomacy on N. Korea: survey
Korea Times – Sept 14, 2012
Sixty-nine percent also believe U.S. leaders should be ready to meet and talk with their North Korean counterparts, according to the results of a biennial poll conducted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Fifty-eight percent of Americans oppose

Israel's doomsday scenario is four more years of Obama
Sydney Morning Herald – Sept 14, 2012
In a poll released on Monday by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, 70 per cent of American respondents opposed a unilateral US military campaign against Iran and 59 per cent said Israel should be left to its own devices if it were to bomb Iran and ...

Majority of US people opposed to strike on Iran: poll
Tehran Times – Sept 14, 2012
TEHRAN – A new poll conducted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs shows an overwhelming opposition to the idea of attacking Iran among U.S. voters, with 70 percent saying that ...

American Attitudes Toward Korean Security: Steady as She Goes
Council on Foreign Relations (blog) – Sept 13, 2012
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs this week released the 2012 results of their biannual poll on American attitudes toward foreign policy. The report shows a rising American appreciation of the importance of Asia and a desire for a greater emphasis ...

Mitt and Bibi: Diplomacy as Demolition Derby
New York Times (blog) – Sept 13, 2012
A new survey by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, released Monday, finds that 70 percent of Americans oppose a unilateral military strike. Moreover, if Israel bombs Iran and ignites a war, 59 percent say the U.S. should not come to Israel's aid.

Israel on the Ballot
Forward – Sept 13, 2012
A recent poll by the nonpartisan Chicago Council on Global Affairs posed this hypothetical situation: Israel attacks Iran, Iran retaliates and and the two nations go to war. Only “38 percent say the United States should bring its military forces into ...

Libya, Egypt Embassy Attacks Fuel US Presidential Race
Antiwar.com – Sept 13, 2012
More comprehensive surveys, such as one issued earlier this week by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, also suggest that Obama's more cautious and less militaristic approach to the Middle East specifically and overseas developments more generally ...

Obama Discusses Iran Threat With Netanyahu Amid Tensions
Businessweek  – Sept 12, 2012
A survey by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs found 70 percent of Americans oppose a unilateral strike against Iran while 59 percent don't want the U.S. involved in a potential war between Israel and Iran. The survey of 1,877 adults, conducted May ...

Americans want a diplomatic solution with Iran
gulfnews.com –  Sept 12, 2012
... American voters as they look for a diplomatic solution to the crisis, according to this year's edition of Foreign Policy in the New Millennium, a wide-ranging survey of American public opinion conducted by the non-partisan Chicago Council on Global ...

Would Neocons Control Romney?
Consortium News – Sept 12, 2012‎
Citing findings in the recently released poll of American opinion on foreign policy conducted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Drezner observes that “most of America - and independents in particular - want pretty much the opposite of” what

Majority of Americans Now Disagree with post-9/11 Policy Decisions ...
The Takeaway (WNYC) - Sept 11, 2012‎
 ... Marshall Bouton, president of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, explains the results. Foreign Policy in the New Millenium The Chicago ...

A New Dawn
Afternoon Shift with Steve Edwards (WBEZ) – Sept 11, 2012
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs has just released a report that says Americans are less concerned about a terrorist attack than at any point since 9/11...

Romney Is Out of Touch With Foreign Policy Realities
U.S. News & World Report – Sept 11, 2012
First, American sentiment toward foreign policy appears to go hand in hand with the foreign policy agenda the Obama administration has been promoting. According to a recent Chicago Council on Global Affairs survey, most Americans, while still wanting ...

Public Opinion, Foreign Policy and the Election
The National Interest Online (blog) - ‎Sept 11, 2012‎
Citing findings in the recently released poll of American opinion on foreign policy conducted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Drezner observes that “most of America—and independents in particular—want pretty much the opposite of” what ...

Is Israel Already Being Politicized?
Daily Beast – Sept 11, 2012
A Chicago Council on Global Affairs poll (PDF; discussed here) found little different on most global issues, but more on Israel than other issues. Under the heading "Israel: Republican Ally?", the Council's poll analysts wrote: Israel is one of the ...

US sours on global role, looks to Asia: poll
AFP - Sept 11, 2012
WASHINGTON: Eleven years after the September 11 attacks a record number in the United States want a less active global role, and ...

US sours on global role, looks to Asia: poll
China Post - Sept 11, 2012
WASHINGTON: Eleven years after the September 11 attacks a record number in the United States want a less active global role, and ...

What Americans Think About Foreign Policy
Council on Foreign Relations (blog) – Sept 10, 2012
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs came out today with its new (and lengthy) survey on what Americans think about the world and America's place in it. The Chicago Council has been conducting foreign policy surveys periodically since 1974, and they ...

Who Else Opposes An Iran Attack?
Daily Beast - ‎Sept 10, 2012
Those are results of the biennial Chicago Council on Global Affairs survey of public opinion on foreign policy (PDF). The bad news first: Who can blame them?

Terror and the US: Americans feel threat of terrorism has declined, surveys show
GlobalPost - ‎Sept 10, 2012‎
But a study by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, released Monday, found that most respondents don't believe that US action in South Asia and the Middle East during those years - "particularly the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan" - have decreased ...

The ghost of Osama Bin Laden and the spirit of 9/11
Haaretz (blog) - ‎Sept 10, 2012‎
As this week's poll by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs revealed, Americans themselves do not believe that the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan have enhanced their security, a peculiar finding for a country that was overwhelmed 11 years ago by the ...

US Public Satisfied With Less Militarized Global Role
Antiwar.com - ‎Sept 10‎, 2012
... tend more than either Republicans or Democrats to oppose interventionist policies in world affairs, according to the survey, which was released at the Wilson Center for International Scholars here Monday by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs (CCGA).

Marc Lynch: Snapshots of Middle East public opinion
Foreign Policy (blog) - ‎Sept 10, 2012
But I would like to see a lot more polling before coming to any conclusions about solid trends in Egyptian opinion on these matters.

US sours on global role, sees Asia as more important than Europe: Poll
Economic Times‎ - Sept 10, 2012
WASHINGTON: Eleven years after the September 11 attacks a record number in the United States want a less active global role, and ...

U.S. Public Satisfied With Less Militarised Global Role
LobeLog.com IPS News - Sept 10, 2012
16 hours ago – The survey results suggest that more aggressive and militaristic policies ... said they believe that Asia is more important to the United States than Europe. ... “Ten years after 9/11, we see that Americans are in the process of ...

How 9/11 Changed How Americans View The World
NPR - ‎Sept 10‎, 2012
After the terror attacks on 9/11, a public opinion survey by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs showed widespread support for increased spending on national security and counterterrorism.

Why Mitt Romney's foreign policy platform might cost him the 2012 election
Foreign Policy (blog)‎ - Sept 10, 2012
And here is where foreign policy becomes a real problem for Mitt Romney -- because if the Chicago Council results are accurate, independents ...


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