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Republicans, Democrats Split on Increasing US Defense Budget

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Craig Kafura

Overall, Americans prefer to maintain defense spending. But Democrats, younger people, and those with a college education prefer cuts, while Republicans prefer expansion.

soldiers from the US army complete drills
US Army
Public Opinion

Green COVID-19 Recovery and Transatlantic Leadership: What Are the Prospects?

RESEARCH
Report by Paul Hofhuis

A Democratic victory provides greater opportunity for transatlantic collaboration, but underlying structures for cooperation among societal stakeholders in the United States need to be reinvigorated.

U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry Remarks on COP21 and Action Beyond Paris
COP21
COVID-19

Americans Positive on South Korea Despite Trump’s Views on Alliance

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Karl Friedhoff

American's favorable views of South Korea are at an all-time high and a majority of Americans support using US troops to defend South Korea if invaded by North Korea.

South Korean flag.
William Warby
Public Opinion

Do Republicans and Democrats Want a Cold War with China?

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Multiple Authors

For the first time in nearly two decades, a majority of Americans describe the development of China as a world power as a critical threat to the United States.

Chinese flag, Beijing, China.
Public Opinion

US Experts Anticipate Future Decline for Russia Among the Great Powers

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Multiple Authors

While experts anticipate changes in the global balance of power in the next 20 years, with China overtaking the United States, they do not expect Russia to come out stronger over that time frame.

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump meet at the 2017 G-20 Hamburg Summit
Kremlin
Public Opinion

2020 Chicago Council Survey

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Multiple Authors

Democrats and Republicans are divided in their views on top threats to United States and how the country should address global challenges and engage internationally. 

An image of the White House seen at night.
Public Opinion

From an Urban-Suburban-Rural "Divide" to Convergence?

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Multiple Authors

There is general agreement across those in urban, suburban, and rural communities on the topics of the economy and climate change, but there's a difference of opinion on immigration.

An aerial view of a rural farm community
John Reed
Public Opinion

Troop Withdrawal Likely to Undermine South Korean Public Support for Alliance with United States

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Karl Friedhoff

New polling reveals that little has changed in terms of South Korean attitudes towards the US-South Korea military alliance.

Sailors wave to children while marching in the annual Jinhae Gunhangje military port festival parade in South Korea, April 5, 2019.
US Navy
Public Opinion

American Public Support for US Troops in Middle East Has Grown

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Multiple Authors

A Chicago Council survey completed January 10–12 shows that as tensions with Iran have risen, Americans see an increased need to keep watch over the Middle East by maintaining a troop presence there.

A US soldier in Afghanistan.
Reuters
Public Opinion

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

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Multiple Authors

This Chicago Council on Global Affairs report reveals generations share opinions about international threats and foreign policy goals.

Shadows cast from a crowd of people in front of an American flag.
Reuters
Public Opinion