America Divided: Political Partisanship and US Foreign Policy
September 15, 2015
The results of the 2015 Chicago Council Survey (PDF) demonstrate that the American public remains committed to engagement in the world—as it has been for the more than 40 years the Council has conducted its surveys. But on specific policies, public opinion often divides along party lines. At a fundamental level, these divergent views reflect differing interpretations of how the United States can most effectively advance its interests—whether through military or other means— in an increasingly volatile world.
Shared Concerns about US National Security
Americans again widely agree that the United States should be actively engaged abroad, with 64 percent of Americans saying the United States should play an active role in world affairs, an increase of six percentage points from last year. On this fundamental issue, Democrats and Republicans in the US public express similar views (Figure A). A majority of Independents agree, though a sizable minority (42%) thinks the United States should stay out of world affairs.
Political strategists David Axelrod and Alex Castellanos join Chicago Council President Ivo Daalder and Senior Fellow Dina Smeltz in a discussion on how the foreign policy statements of the nominees will affect the primaries and presidential election. How do candidates craft foreign policy platforms that appeal to their core party positions, which were highlighted in the 2015 Chicago Council Survey? (Oct 23,2015)