November 14, 2014 | By Dina Smeltz

Let's Make a Deal: US Public Backs Iran Nuclear Negotiations

As critical negotiations continue this week over Iran’s nuclear program, we wanted to draw attention to the 2014 Chicago Council Survey findings on how the American public weighs in on the discussion. Americans view potential nuclear weapons in Iran as one of the most critical threats to America, and a majority of Americans support the interim agreement and the use of diplomacy in general. But they don’t shy away from the use of force in the case that negotiations fail. Read the full report.


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.


| By Karl Friedhoff

South Koreans Becoming More Accepting of LGBTQ Community

A recent COVID-19 outbreak in Seoul stemming from a nightlife district popular with expats and the LGBTQ community brought unwarranted criticism from Korean media and conservative groups. This blog looks at Korean public opinion on the LGBTQ community and finds a shift towards growing acceptance.