MarketWatch reports a poll on America's foreign policy priorities, conducted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. The poll shows overwhelming concern about improving America's standing in the world, which ranks as the highest priority, above "protecting the jobs of American workers".
The article summarises the main conclusions:
- A large majority of Americans (81% of Republicans and 88% of Democrats) believe improving the U.S. standing in the world should be a "very important" foreign policy goal
- Americans on both sides of the aisle endorse talking to leaders of "unfriendly" governments including Cuba (70%), North Korea (68%), Iran (65%), Burma (63%) and Zimbabwe (61%)
- A majority of Americans (67%) do not support an open-ended commitment to Iraq.