Views on global engagement do not vary much across party lines. Majorities or pluralities of Republicans (52%), Democrats (46%) and independents (55%) think the U.S. does too much to try to help solve world problems, and agree that the U.S. should mind its own business internationally (53%, 46% and 55%, respectively). And close to eight-in-ten among each group agree that the U.S. should concentrate more on our own national problems, rather than thinking so much in international terms (82% of Republicans, 76% of Democrats and 79% of independents).PolicyMic further elucidates:
The public also seems to understand that the past decade of military aggression abroad has seriously eroded respect for American power, perhaps tempering enthusiasm for more misadventures in foreign countries.
Pew also found that while there was widespread public support for anti-Russian sanctions on the Ukrainian issue, 62% of the public opposed sending arms or military supplies to the Ukrainian government.Personally, I don’t care for public opinion polls, even when they align with my personal beliefs. Public opinion simply isn’t a good barometer for truth. For one thing, it has a tendency to shift with the wind. All these Americans wanting our military to step down as the world police? Ten years ago, they were probably gun-ho for the War on Terrorism, marching in lockstep under the jingoistic notion that America should spread freedom and democracy at gunpoint. Now ten years later, they finally wake up and realize that such jingoistic dogma only make us a “blowback inducing homicidal bull in a geopolitical china shop.” Who cares what the majority of Americans believe? Most Americans are morons, and popular does not equal right.
On Syria, a CBS News/New York Times poll in September found that 68% of those surveyed did not think the U.S. had an obligation to intervene and end the ongoing civil war.
Still, it’s nice to know that more and more Americans, as easily-swayed as they are, finally share an opinion that aligns with sanity.
(Oh, and yes, I know I'm supposed to be on hiatus, but I had to share this good news, especially with how doom and gloom I tend to be.)