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Read: Will the US Return to Global Stage or Pull Further Inward?

US presidential elections rarely turn on voters' views on foreign policy. Domestic issues such as the economy and health care, including the coronavirus pandemic this year, are almost always seen as more important by voters.

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Listen: Trump and Biden Voters Deeply Divided on Foreign Policy

Democrats and Republicans are in different worlds when it comes to evaluating critical threats facing the United States and preferred foreign policy approaches, according to findings of the 2020 Chicago Council Survey. Council polling experts Dina Smeltz and Craig Kafura join Deep Dish to examine how public opinion matches up with the candidates’ perspectives and whether issues like China’s rise, global cooperation, climate change, and trade are driving voter decision making.

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VIRTUAL: 2020 Global Leadership Awards

Paul Farmer, Co-Founder and Chief Strategist, Partners in Health; Harvard University Professor; Helene Gayle, President and CEO, Chicago Community Trust; Keith E. Williams, Former President and CEO, UL LLC

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Event: 5:00 pm

Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Via Zoom
Chicago, IL 60601

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VIRTUAL: 2020 Global Leadership Awards

Public Opinion

The worldwide spread of COVID-19 has reminded Americans that the United States is not immune to events that take place in other parts of the world. Far from feeding calls to retreat from international engagement, the 2020 Chicago Council Survey shows Americans remain supportive of an active US role in the world, with solid majorities supporting US security alliances and free trade as the best ways to maintain safety and prosperity. 

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Wait Just a Minute: Debate Analyst Todd Graham on Presidential Debates

As the final debate of the 2020 presidential election takes place tonight, Todd Graham, CNN debate analyst and "America’s Debate Coach," takes a minute to explain what voters expect to learn from presidential debates and why it's helpful for the candidates to debate more than once.

Public Opinion

Democrats and Republicans Miles Apart on Threat of Climate Change

Three-quarters of Democrats (75%) consider climate change a critical threat while less than one quarter (21%) of Republicans agree. This 54-percentage-point difference is the largest partisan gap among all potential threats included in the 2020 Chicago Council Survey. 

LIVE STREAM: Weapons of Math Destruction - Data and Statistics in Foreign Policy

Ahead of the final presidential debate, join Council public opinion experts for a briefing on 2020 public opinion, polling, and the use of data in foreign policy.

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Event: 7:15 pm

Chicago Council on Global Affairs
via Zoom
Chicago, IL 60601

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LIVE STREAM: Weapons of Math Destruction - Data and Statistics in Foreign Policy

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