March 12, 2019 | By Craig Kafura

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

About

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.

Archive




The Surprising Popularity of Trade

Results from the 2016 Chicago Council Survey reveal that international trade and globalization remain popular with the American public. 



| By Dina Smeltz, Karl Friedhoff

On Terrorism, Americans See No End in Sight

The June 10-27 Chicago Council Survey finds that the American public considers international terrorism to be the most critical threat facing the nation. In combating terrorism Americans say that almost all options should be on the table, yet a large majority expect that occasional acts of terror will be a part of life in the future.


| By Dina Smeltz, Craig Kafura

Americans Support Limited Military Action in Syria

The 2016 Chicago Council Survey, conducted June 10-27, reveals that Americans across partisan lines support limited military actions in Syria that combine air strikes and the use of Special Operations Forces. There are deep partisan divides on accepting Syrian refugees, and widespread skepticism toward arming anti-government groups or negotiating a deal that would leave President Assad in power. 



| By Dina Smeltz, Karl Friedhoff, Craig Kafura

Republicans Back Trump, but Not All of his Policies

If the general election were held today, a solid majority of Republicans (including self-described Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents) say they would vote for Mr. Trump in the presidential contest against Secretary Clinton. But Donald Trump was not the top choice for many Republicans among the full field of primary candidates. While eventually deciding to back Trump, those who were hoping for a different nominee are not endorsing some of Trump’s key positions.


| By Karl Friedhoff

Flare-ups in Taiwan-China Relations Here to Stay

The China-Taiwan relationship may be due for flare-ups in the coming years, and China's recent decision to suspend diplomatic contact with Taiwan could set the tone for the short-term direction of cross-strait relations. But polling suggests that the Taiwanese public prefers a pragmatic approach to relations with China, limiting the publicly palatable options facing Taiwan's President Tsai, Karl Friedhoff writes.


Nuclear Energy: Americans Favor Stagnation

How do Americans feel about nuclear energy? From Chernobyl to Homer Simpson, nuclear energy doesn’t have a stunning reputation, but until recently polls showed a majority of Americans favor its use for energy. In fact it appears that support for nuclear energy is linked with energy availability and that Americans would rather develop other energy sources.






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