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"Confidence in U.S. Foreign Policy" survey Finds Growing Anxiety

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posted on Oct, 19 2006 @ 07:35 AM
The latest pool in Americans confidence in their governments foreign policy was released Wednesday by a non-partisan group, Public Agenda, and Foreign Affairs journal. It clearly shows, five years after the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. public has become increasingly anxious about world events and the role that their country is playing in them. According to "Confidence in U.S. Foreign Policy" survey nearly 80 percent of respondents believe the world is becoming more dangerous for the U.S. and its citizens. A 43-percent plurality said it was becoming "much more dangerous". The survey queried 1,001 randomly chosen adults Sep. 5-18, the same week that George W. Bush made of number of high-profile appearances to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and defend the continued U.S. presence in Iraq.
The survey, which was overseen by legendary pollster Daniel Yankelovich, found a substantial rise in concern about how the U.S. is perceived in the world and particularly in predominantly Muslim countries, compared to the last survey, which was conducted in January.

Nearly 90 percent of respondents said they considered it a threat to U.S. national security when "the rest of the world sees the United States" in a negative light.

Nearly two-thirds of respondents said the world currently feels either "somewhat" or "very" negatively toward the country, while nearly four in five said they believe the country is seen as "arrogant".

"It's not just a matter of (wanting to be) well-loved or nice," stressed Yankelovich in a conference call for journalists Tuesday. "People see it as threatening to our national security."

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Surveys tend to be somewhat superficial and with only 1 out of 300.000 to represent the population as such, one can question their credibility. This one "Confidence in U.S. Foreign Policy Index" seems to be of the more credible and non-partisan kind.

"We didn't ask people about the president or about Republicans versus Democrats, as so many polls routinely do. Instead we asked people to think about how the country is doing overall. And the message for the country's leadership suggests that the public considers these major issues and political leaders ignore them at their peril", says Ruth A. Wooden of Public Agenda, the publisher of Confidence in U.S. Foreign Policy Index.

The pool and the timing of its release is become interesting by its subject being the far single biggest obstacle to Republican chances of retaining control of both houses of Congress in the Nov. 7 elections. Other polls this month have consistently shown that nearly two-thirds of the public disapproves in the Bush way of handling the war.

What is alarming of this one, is a definite tipping point have been reached concerning the casualty toll in Iraq. Last January the survey also did, but in addition to the Iraq issue, a "tipping point" was also reached on the importance of reducing U.S. dependence on foreign energy supplies, with a percentage saying they "worry a lot" about that problem sliding from 55 percent to 46 percent in the latest poll. Iraq now overshadows the concerns of the cost of gas.

Two other issues have been close to a "tipping point" earlier this year, illegal immigration and preventing jobs from moving overseas, but they too have receded over the past nine months. According to the survey, because fears of new terrorist attack and growing hatred of the U.S. in Muslim countries have grown.

Iraq is now solely on the mind of Americans.

As a footnote this survey coincides with George Bush - for the first time public - to George Stephanopoulos of ABC News have admitted Iraq to be comparable with Vietnam. Asked the question whether he agreed with New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman, who wrote that the real "October surprise" of this campaign season is what "seems like the jihadist equivalent of the Tet offensive." Bush nodded.
"He could be right," the president replied.
GREENSBORO, N.C., Oct. 18 -- President Bush said Wednesday that the current surge of violence in Iraq "could be" comparable to the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War, a succession of battles that became a milestone because it helped turn the American public against the conflict and its political leadership.

Bush has strongly resisted comparisons between Iraq and Vietnam, but with U.S. casualties continuing to mount, he agreed to an interviewer's analogy and said he detected a spike in attacks timed to the congressional elections in three weeks with the goal of forcing the United States to lose its will.

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posted on Oct, 19 2006 @ 08:41 AM
Can you say "Media Hype"?

How many here know what the actual US Foreign Policy is?

I don't, all I know is the sensationalized garbage that is presented to me by the media and the high torque spun contents of the current rash of political election gibberish spouted by candidates running for office. I am willing to bet that the majority of our elected officials don't know what the current US Foreign Policy is.

This study is nothing more than another poll in disguise.

posted on Oct, 19 2006 @ 08:51 AM
Actually in another poll many Americans believe that their own chosen congressman are corrupted.

Now is that a media hype or you believe that is truth.

I do and I have been saying that for a while.

The foreign policies whatever they are, are not stopping NK for making nukes, nor has stop terrorism and neither has stop Iran for pursuing their nuclear program.

Now if you say that is the UN fault I will say that it depends what the definition of foreign policies mean to the US government then.

So far the one in Iraq and Afghanistan seems to be a the biggest fiasco after Vietnam.

And UN was not part of it, remember?

The only thing that our government is having a very good sucess with policies are the domestic ones that include passing bills of controvertial definition that may or may not affect our own nations citizens best interest.

posted on Oct, 19 2006 @ 10:23 PM

posted by marg6043
The only thing that our government is having a very good sucess with policies are the domestic ones that include passing bills of controvertial definition that may or may not affect our own nations citizens best interest.

Good succes? We need another poll to show that.

I'm not sure the upcoming midway elections will produce any true respons to the issue. The fixing of the Diebold machines in mind. Isn't that outrageous?

Don't understand why this president haven't yet been impeached.

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