Americans also expect that the proposed changes in US-Cuba relations will have benefits for both countries. Majorities of Americans say the changes will help the Cuban economy (70%), help US businesses (62%), improve living standards in Cuba (60%), improve the image of the US in the world (57%), improve human rights in Cuba (54%), and improve political freedoms in Cuba (53%).
Read all about Americans' views on US-Cuba policy in the full brief.
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.
Among much of the political elite today, a specter is haunting America—the specter of isolationism.
As President Obama prepares to address the nation regarding the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Chicago Council Survey results from May 2014 show Americans remain concerned about the threat of international terrorism, though less intensely now than in the past.
NATO Leaders meet in Wales this week for what will be the most important Summit meeting since the end of the Cold War.
With the conflict in Syria well into its fourth year, Chicago Council Survey results from May 2014 show that a majority of the American public does not see the conflict in Syria as a critical threat to the United States.
Chicago Council Survey results from May, before the recent outbreak of fighting in Gaza, show that Americans did not see the lack of a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians to be a critical threat to the vital interests of the United States.
US-Russia relations appear to be at an all-time low ever since the establishment of the Russian Federation in the fall of 1991.
The New York Times and other news outlets reported today on President Obama's remarks about the delays surrounding the international investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
Conservative columnist Ann Coulter probably didn't watch the US play Belgium on Tuesday afternoon. But that didn't stop her from tweeting: “Doing the job Americans just won’t do: Immigrants fill up roster of ‘U.S.’ soccer team.”
Scholars overwhelmingly agree that NAFTA has been good for both the U.S. and Mexican economies.
Get ready for some new public opinion data from the 2014 Chicago Council Survey in the coming weeks. We will publicly release the full results in September, but will be offering previews on hot topics over the summer.
In today's post, we would like to highlight two surveys that were conducted in late March that have not been amplified as much as Pew, Gallup, and other polls about American attitudes on the situation in Ukraine.