October 6, 2016 | By Karl Friedhoff

2016 Chicago Council Survey: America in the Age of Uncertainty

On October 6, 2016 the Chicago Council released its annual Chicago Council Survey in Washington, D.C. in partnership with the Wilson Center and the Washington Post.

The survey focuses on American attitudes towards foreign policy, with special attention paid to supporters of Donald Trump and how their attitudes differ from Americans overall, Democrats, and even the Republican Party.

The largest divides come on issues related to immigration, with smaller gaps on attitudes toward globalization and international trade. But there is very little difference on the role of the United States in the world, with clear majorities of all political stripes supporting an active US role in the world.

You can read the full report here: America in the Age of Uncertainty.

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The Chicago Council on Global Affairs highlights critical shifts in American public thinking on US foreign policy through public opinion surveys and research conducted under the Lester Crown Center on US Foreign Policy. 

The annual Chicago Council Survey, first conducted in 1974, is a valuable resource for policymakers, academics, media, and the general public. The Council also surveys American leaders in government, business, academia, think tanks, and religious organizations biennially to compare trends in their thinking with overall trends. And collaborating with partner organizations, the survey team periodically conducts parallel surveys of public opinion in other regions of the world to compare with US public opinion. 

The Running Numbers blog features regular commentary and analysis from the Council’s public opinion and US foreign policy research team, including a series of flash polls of a select group of foreign policy experts to assess their opinions on critical foreign policy topics driving the news.

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