American Public Opinion on US Foreign Policy 

Foreign policy will take center stage in the third and final presidential debate on October 22, 2012, at Florida’s Lynn University. While the candidates will undoubtedly highlight differences between them, the 2012 Chicago Council Survey finds that partisan differences among the public are usually ones of degree, not outright disagreement.

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs has prepared a background brief on key foreign policy topics that, according to moderator Bob Schieffer, will be covered during Monday’s debate. The brief provides insights into current public thinking on the following issues:

  • America’s Role in the World
  • Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • Red Lines: Israel and Iran
  • The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism
  • The Rise of China and Tomorrow’s World

American Public Opinion on US Foreign Policy (PDF)

2012 Chicago Council Survey Report Cover

Survey Home

Full Report (PDF)

Topline Questionnaire (PDF)

Data (zip)

Press Release

Press Coverage

Release Event 

Release Event Presentation - Bouton (PDF)
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