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 Sara McElmurry

Executive Action is Here—Time for a New “Start” on Legislative Reform

Following President Obama’s much-anticipated announcement on executive action on immigration, we turn our attention to the continued need for long-term legislative reform from Congress. While leaders argue we should “start with border security,” here’s what Chicago Council Survey polling tells us about the public’s appetite for immigration enforcement provisions.

| By Craig Kafura

Executive Action: Immigration Policy and Politics

Americans' perception of large numbers of immigrants and refugees coming into the US as a critical threat and the priority they place on controlling and reducing illegal immigration have both declined substantially over the last two decades. What does that mean for the public's reception of executive action for undocumented immigrants?


| By Dina Smeltz

A Second Look at US-Canada Relations

A recent Globe and Mail article referenced new survey data from Nanos Research/UB Survey characterizing a relationship “adrift” between Americans and Canadians. But a closer look at these and other polling numbers show that it’s not so much that Canadians and Americans are losing interest in cooperating. Rather, it appears that publics in both countries are feeling less threatened by security risks and are therefore less likely to support actions that focus on security and terrorism.






| By Dina Smeltz, Craig Kafura

Americans Support Use of Force Against Terrorism

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.





| By Dina Smeltz

Russia Reality Check

US-Russia relations appear to be at an all-time low ever since the establishment of the Russian Federation in the fall of 1991.


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