March 12, 2019 | By Craig Kafura

Expert Panel Survey: US Focus on the Denuclearization of North Korea

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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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| By Dina Smeltz

The Foreign Policy Blob Is Bigger Than You Think

The Blob isn't just science fiction. When it comes to US foreign policy, its reach is far and wide with wide swaths of agreement between foreign policy elite and the general public. A new report from the Council and the Texas National Security Network explains.


| By Dina Smeltz

American Views of Israel Reveal Partisan and Generational Divides

Despite partisan differences on taking a side in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and on the status of US-Israel bilateral relations, overall trends from Chicago Council Survey data indicate that the relationship between the United States and Israel will continue to be viewed warmly by the American public.


| By Lily Wojtowicz

#TBT: That Time We All Feared Chemical and Biological Weapons

In the spirit of Throw Back Thursday, Running Numbers is digging out its archived polls to look back at America’s foreign policy feelings of old. This week, we’re looking at Council data on Americans' perceptions of the threat posed by chemical and biological weapons in the late 90s and early 00s.



| By Dina Smeltz

​Polls Measure So Much More than Voting Intentions

The polling community took a lot heat following the failure of forecasters and data journalists to predict Trump's triumph in the 2016 election. But polls measure so much more than voting intentions says Council senior fellow Dina Smeltz.


| By Karl Friedhoff, Craig Kafura

Public Opinion in the US and China

There is perhaps no more important bilateral relationship in the world today than the one between the United States and China—the world’s two most important players in terms of economics and security. Where do the Chinese and American publics stand on key issues in the relationship, and what policies do they want to see their respective nations pursue worldwide? 




Who Run the World? Foreign Policy Attitudes on Women and Girls

In partnership with the New America Foundation, the 2016 Chicago Council Survey included two questions developed to provide better insight about the importance of promoting women's rights and women's participation in societies around the world. 




| By Dina Smeltz, Lily Wojtowicz

The US-Russian Relationship

The 2016 Chicago Council Survey partnered with the Levada Analytical Center in Moscow to ask Americans and Russians how they feel about each other and—more importantly—each other’s government. 


| By Richard C. Eichenberg

Gender Difference in Foreign Policy Opinions: Implications for 2016

There are three patterns in American politics that take on special significance in 2016: the gender divide in Presidential elections; the low support for Donald Trump among women; and the growing discussion in the foreign policy community about the inclusion of women in the policy process. Nonresident fellow Richard Eichenberg explores the extent of gender difference in the 2016 Chicago Council Survey data and assesses the relevance of any differences to this year’s presidential election.




What Do You Think?

Experts

Dr. Richard K.  Betts
Director of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University;  Fellow 

Dr. Joshua Busby 
Associate Professor of Public Affairs at University Texas - Austin 

Dr. Bridget L. Coggins 
Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara

Dr. Michael C. Desch
Chair and Professor, Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame

Dr. Dan Drezner
Professor of International Politics at The Fletcher School of Tufts University

Dr. Colin Dueck
Professor at George Mason University

Dr. Peter D. Feaver
Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Duke University

Dr. Nikolas Gvosdev
Professor at National Security Affairs US Naval War College

Dr. Peter D. Harris
Assistant Professor at Colorado State University

Dr. Michael C. Horowitz
Professor of Political Science and Economics at University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Bruce Jentleson
Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University

Dr. Ellen Beth Laipson
Distinguished Fellow and President Emeritus at The Stimson Center

Mr. Tod Marshall Lindberg
Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute

Dr. James M. Lindsay
Senior Vice President, Director of Studies at Council on Foreign Relations

Dr. Kimberly Marten
Department Chair and professor of Political Science Barnard College, Columbia University

Dr. John Mueller
Political Scientist; Senior Fellow at Ohio State; Cato Institute

Dr. Diana C. Mutz
Samuel A. Stouffer Professor of Political Science and Communication at University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Henry Nau
Professor at George Washington University

Ms. Danielle Pletka
Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at American Enterprise Institute

Dr. Will Ruger
Vice President for Research and Policy Charles Koch Institute

Dr. Jeremy Shapiro
Research Director at European Council on Foreign Relations

Dr. Oriana Skylar Mastro
Assistant professor of Security Studies Georgetown University (School of Foreign Service)

Mr. James Steinberg
Professor of Social Science, International Affairs, and Law at Maxwell School of Syracuse University

Dr. Angela Stent
Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies at Georgetown University

Dr. Torrey Taussig
Fellow; Robert Bosch Stiftung

Dr. Shibley Telhami
Nonresident senior fellow in the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, as well as the Center for Middle East Policy, and the Foreign Policy program at Brookings Institution

Dr. A. Trevor Thrall
Senior Fellow; Cato Institute

Dr. Richard Weitz
Director, Center for Political-Military Analysis; Hudson Institute

Dr. Thomas Wright
Director of Political-Security Affairs, Brookings Institution