May 6, 2015 | By Craig Kafura

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Walking Away from Public on Immigration

Wisconsin Governor and Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walker recently teased a new stance on immigration on Glenn Beck’s radio show: decreasing legal immigration into the United States.
Walker's shift brings up several questions about how Americans — in particular, Republicans — think about immigration. Given the more pro-immigration positions of Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, Walker's move is a likely strategic play for the anti-immigration portion of the party.
But public opinion polling data from The Chicago Council on Global Affairs shows that it is unlikely to benefit him politically in the long run. Reducing legal immigration isn’t a majority position among Republicans, much less among the broader American public or business leaders in Walker’s Midwestern backyard. And especially in the Midwest, shutting out immigrants isn’t a viable plan for economic growth.
Read more in the full article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


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 Craig Kafura

Americans and Asia in 2020: Three Things to Know

With the US election drawing near, all eyes are on the United States and the choices the public is about to make. As Americans go to the polls, here are three key things to know about American views of Asia and the key issues in the region.