May 26, 2017 | By Dina Smeltz

The Urban-Rural Divide?

Headlines have made it seem like urban and rural voters are worlds apart. But what about actual policy preferences? Are Americans as divided along geographic lines when it comes to key foreign policy matters as their voting patterns suggest? And where do the suburbs--the community type which more than half of Americans call home--fit in to the urban-rural divide? 

A new Council report based on results from the 2016 Chicago Council Survey shows that the answer is mixed. On foreign policy issues that exert concrete effects in people's everyday lives, like immigration and international trade, there are clear divides along urban-suburban-rural lines. On more abstract issues, like America's role in the world, the American public is broadly in aligned.

Explore the full results here

 

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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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