Data gathered in UT-Austin’s third annual survey of public attitudes on US Intelligence confirm that most Americans believe the country’s intelligence agencies are necessary and make vital contributions to national security. This level of support does not appear to be negatively impacted by the Intelligence Community’s (IC) reduced public engagement or the continued criticism of national security agencies by President Donald Trump. An overwhelming majority of Americans regard the US intelligence agencies as effective in accomplishing their assigned missions with 8 in 10 of those surveyed crediting the IC with preventing terrorist attacks and successfully uncovering the plans of our adversaries. The IC still faces a challenge persuading Americans that it respects their privacy and civil liberties. Only half of survey respondents believe that the intelligence agencies effectively safeguard Americans’ privacy rights and civil liberties while pursuing their necessary missions. This concern is widespread even among the IC’s strongest and most knowledgeable supporters. Relatively few Americans understand the institutional framework for supervising and overseeing these powerful and secretive organizations.
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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This week's global public opinion update on the COVID-19 pandemic covers the United States, Japan, South Korea, France, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Mexico.
This week's global public opinion update on the COVID-19 pandemic covers the United States, Japan, South Korea, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, Germany, and Mexico.
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What do Republicans and Democrats think about the important domestic and foreign policy topics being debated between presidential candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden?
Republicans and Democrats Divide on Key Debate Issues: COVID-19, Race, Climate Change, and National Security
The final presidential debate is set for Thursday, October 22 and will focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, race in America, climate change, national security, and US leadership. How do Democrats and Republicans feel about these issues?
While gaps among Republicans and Democrats have lessened regarding climate change, divisions remain.