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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. The 2015 survey examined political partisanship and US foreign policy in advance of the 2016 presidential primary season. The 2014 survey analyzed American public opinion in the age of retrenchment. And the 2012 survey tracked public opinion on US foreign policy more than 10 years after 9/11. Now conducted annually by a team of fellows and research associates, it continues to be one of the signature research products of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Each year the survey is cited in an array of sources including 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 on Global Affairs has surveyed American leaders in government, business, think tanks, religious organizations, and the academy 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. More recently the Council has conducted surveys on specific topics within its areas of expertise, including a survey of Midwestern business professionals on their opinions of national immigration policies and of the American public on the use of scientific techniques in food production. 

Survey Data

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

How Millennials See US Role in World Affairs

August 2, 2018 for CBS News

PacNet #53 - Washington Has Turned on China. Have Americans?

July 31, 2018 for Pacific Forum

Bleak Outlook on US-Russia Relations

July 16, 2018 for Running Numbers

Millennials' Divergent Views on Global Affairs

June 28, 2018 for Running Numbers

North Korea Installs Speed Bumps on Path to Singapore

May 16, 2018 for Running Numbers

Consequences of Success on the Korean Peninsula

May 2, 2018 for Running Numbers

The Reunification Spectrum for South Koreans

April 16, 2018 for Running Numbers

Diplomacy in the Air on Korean Peninsula

April 11, 2018 for Running Numbers

Past Event Multimedia

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