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Index of Public Opinion on International Issues and the United Nations



May 24, 2011

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:



National research conducted in April 27-May 2, 2011 by Public Opinion Strategies and Hart Research, on behalf of the United Nations Foundation, shows:

o    Americans support the United States paying our dues to the UN on time and in full.  Six out of ten Americans (60%) favor the United States paying our dues to the United Nations on time and in full, while 34% oppose.
                  •    A plurality of Republicans, as well as majorities of Democrats and Independents favor paying our UN dues on time and in full.

o    There is even greater support for the United States paying our peacekeeping dues to the United Nations on time and in full (69% favor/27% oppose).
                  •    This is also true regardless of party.  A majority of Republicans, Independents, and Democrats continue to favor paying our peacekeeping dues to the UN on time and in full.

o    Voters overwhelmingly believe the United Nations is an important organization in which the United States needs to maintain an active role. 
                  •    Eighty-five percent (85%) of voters say it is important that the United States maintain an active role within the United Nations, with six in ten voters (61%) saying it is very important the United States do so.

o    There continues to be significant recognition of the contemporary relevance of the United Nations.  Two-thirds of Americans (67%) believe the United Nations is still needed today.
                  •    Half of Republicans (50%), as well as majorities of Democrats (84%) and Independents (63%) agree with this assessment.

o    Americans’ perception of the United Nations remains stable at a favorable level.
                  •    A majority of Americans (59%) say they have a favorable image of the United Nations, while only 28% say they have an unfavorable image.  This is consistent, within the margin of error, with the two national tracks conducted in 2010 in which the UN’s image was favorable (April 2010 – 60% favorable/30% unfavorable, October 2010 – 59% favorable/29% unfavorable).