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In his latest column, @nytdavidbrooks writes that we’ve entered a “dark spiral” of Americans supporting a US withdrawal from the world. Nothing could be further from the truth, as @ChicagoCouncil polling data shows. 1/8
70 percent of Americans now favor the United States taking an active part in world affairs. Since @ChicagoCouncil polling on that question began in 1974, the only time that number has been higher was in 2002, just after 9/11. 2/8
Large majorities of Americans also now say that international trade is good for consumers like them (85%), good for the US economy (82%), and good for creating jobs in the United States (67%)--the highest level of support in 15 years. 3/8
Support for the US "taking an active part” includes the military, too. Increasing majorities of Americans support keeping long-term military bases in South Korea (74%), Japan (65%), Germany (60%), and Turkey (53%). Nearly half say the same for a base in Poland (47%). 4/8
A full 75 percent of Americans say the US commitment to @NATO should increase or be kept steady. In fact, a larger share of Americans now favor increasing the US commitment than in any year since 1974! 5/8
Support for using US troops abroad in certain situations is strong and increasing as well. Majorities of Americans say they would support using US troops to defend Baltic NATO nations against Russia and allies in Asia against North Korea. 6/8
In fact, over a broad range of specific scenarios, majorities or pluralities of Americans, both Democrats and Republicans, say they would favor the use of US troops abroad. Details here: bit.ly/2wSSsGl 7/8
In short, Americans are more internationalist today than they have been in many years. Far from ignoring voters, a sound foreign policy of international engagement can count on strong public support. 8/8
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