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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. Conducted annually by a team of fellows and research associates, it continues to be one of the signature research products of the Council. 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 international partner organizations periodically to 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.


2018 Survey

America Engaged
2018 Chicago Council Survey of American Public Opinion and US Foreign Policy

Full Report (PDF)
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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)Data and documentation (zip)
2007 Report (PDF) 
2006 Report (PDF)Data and documentation (zip)
2005 Report (PDF)
2004 Report (PDF)Data and documentation (zip)
2002 Report (PDF)Data and documentation (zip) 
1999 Report (PDF)Data and documentation (zip)
1995 Report (PDF)Data and documentation (zip)
1991 Report (PDF)Data and documentation (zip)
1987 Report (PDF)Data and documentation (zip)
1983 Report (PDF)Data and documentation (zip)
1979 Report (PDF)Data and documentation (zip)
1975 Report (PDF)Data and documentation (zip)

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Events

  • Corporate Leadership Breakfast

    Ivo H. Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Samuel C. Scott III, Board of Directors Cochair, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Dina Smeltz, Senior Fellow, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy

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Commentary

Plurality of Brits Do Not Support Suspension of Parliament, but Age and Party Divides Remain

September 13, 2019 for Running Numbers

Debunked! Most Americans Do Support the U.S. Engaging in World Affairs, Not Retreating

September 12, 2019 for Chicago Tribune

When It Comes to Allies, Americans Get It

September 10, 2019 for Defense One

Where Americans Think the Trade War Will Hurt

September 3, 2019 for Running Numbers

Mexicans Have Distinctive Views of Trump and of the United States

August 29, 2019 for Running Numbers

Hong Kong’s Young and Old Are Split over Who Is to Blame

August 28, 2019 for Running Numbers

Why the Amazon Is Burning and How World Leaders Want to Stop It

August 26, 2019 for WBUR-FM

Mexicans Less Receptive to Central American Migrants

August 26, 2019 for Running Numbers

Past Event Multimedia

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