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For more than 40 years, the Chicago Council Survey has captured the sense of particular eras ― post-Vietnam, post-Cold War, post-9/11 ― and highlighted critical shifts in American public thinking on US foreign policy. Since first conducted in 1974, the Chicago Council Survey has been a valuable resource for policymakers, academics, media, and the general public. In lead up to the 2016 presidential election, the survey explored anxieties of a significant segment of the American public, stemming from concerns about the effects of globalization on the American economy and about the changing demographics of the United States. The 2017 survey examined what American’s think about the America First strategy that President Donald Trump advocates. Conducted annually by a team of fellows and research associates, it continues to be one of the signature research products of the Council on. Each year the survey is cited in an array of major regional, national, and international media and receives substantial interest from officials in both US and foreign governments.

In addition to surveying the American public, from time to time the Council has surveyed American leaders in government, business, think tanks, religious organizations, and the academic to compare trends in their thinking with overall trends. The Council also works with partner organizations in the Asia-Pacific to periodically conduct parallel surveys of public opinion across the region. The Council’s work surveying the American public on US foreign policy is a signature area of study under the Lester Crown Center on US Foreign Policy, established in 2018 with a generous gift from the Crown family.

Survey Data

Search and retrieve data on individual Chicago Council Survey questions, programmed questionnaires, and analytical reports and presentations dating back to 1975 using PARC®, a knowledge management system with data archive and retrieval capabilities specifically designed for the effective management of survey research materials. For more information, please download the PARC User's Manual.


2017 Survey

What Americans Think about America First
2017 Chicago Council Survey of American Public Opinion and US Foreign Policy

Full Report (PDF)
Data and documentation (zip)

2016 Survey

America in the Age of Uncertainty
2016 Chicago Council Survey of American Public Opinion and US Foreign Policy

Full Report (PDF)
Topline Report (PDF)
Data and documentation (zip)

The Foreign Policy Establishment or Donald Trump: Which Better Reflects American Opinion?

Full Report (PDF)
Data and documentation (zip)

2015 Survey

America Divided: Political Partisanship and US Foreign Policy
2015 Chicago Council Survey of American Public Opinion and US Foreign Policy

Full Report (PDF)
Topline Report (PDF)
Data and documentation (zip)

2014 Surveys

United in Goals, Divided on Means: Opinion Leaders Chicago Council Survey Results 2014

Data and documentation (zip)

Foreign Policy in the Age of Retrenchment
2014 Chicago Council Survey of American Public Opinion and US Foreign Policy

Full Report (PDF)
Topline Report (PDF)
Data and documentation (zip)

At NAFTA’s Platinum Anniversary: American Attitudes toward Cross-Border Ties March 2014

Data and documentation (zip)

Business Leaders on Immigration: The View from the Midwest
February 2014

Data and documentation (zip)

2013 Surveys

As President Obama Heads to Mexico, Americans Have Mixed Views of Neighbor across the Border
April 2013

Data and documentation (zip)

2012 Surveys

Foreign Policy in the New Millennium
2012 Chicago Council Survey of American Public Opinion and US Foreign Policy

Full Report (PDF) 
Topline Report (PDF) 
Data and documentation (zip)

Chicago Council Midwest Immigration Survey: Knowledge of Recent Immigration Trends Is Key to Support for Reforms
December 2012

Data and documentation (zip)

2010 Surveys

Global Views 2010–Constrained Internationalism: Adapting to New Realities
2010 National Survey of American Public Opinion

Full Report (PDF)
Topline Report (PDF)
Data and documentation (zip)

Survey Archive

2008 Report (PDF)
2007 Report (PDF)
2006 Report (PDF)
2005 Report (PDF)
2004 Report (PDF)
2002 Report (PDF)
1999 Report (PDF)
1995 Report (PDF)
1991 Report (PDF)
1987 Report (PDF)
1983 Report (PDF)
1979 Report (PDF)
1975 Report (PDF)

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Research







The Clash of Generations?  Intergenerational Change and American Foreign Policy Views

The Clash of Generations? Intergenerational Change and American Foreign Policy Views

, By Trevor Thrall, Associate Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University; Dina Smeltz, Senior Fellow, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy; Erik Goepner, Visiting Research Fellow, Defense and Foreign Policy, The Cato Institute; Will Ruger, Vice President for Research and Policy, Charles Koch Institute; Craig Kafura, Research Associate


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Commentary

Trump and the Middle East Peace Process

November 22, 2018 for The Jerusalem Post

Confidence in Congress Low

November 15, 2018 for Running Numbers

World War I and the Long Decline of US Isolationism

November 14, 2018 for Global Insight

Political Polarization the Critical Threat to US, Foreign Policy Experts Say

November 9, 2018 for The Hill

FOMO: Many Americans Want to Join the Revised TPP Agreement

October 31, 2018 for Running Numbers

Deep Dish: How Popular is US Foreign Policy?

October 11, 2018 for Global Insight

This Week's Reads: Making Internationalism Great Again

October 5, 2018 for Global Insight

Public Support for Foreign Aid Programs

October 4, 2018 for Running Numbers

Past Event Multimedia

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