Tags: Pew | global | influence | low

Public Says America's Power Has Fallen to 40-Year Low

Image: Public Says America's Power Has Fallen to 40-Year Low

Wednesday, 04 Dec 2013 10:14 AM

By Drew MacKenzie

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
For the first time in 40 years, a majority of Americans believe that the global power and prestige of the U.S. are declining, a new poll reveals.

The Pew Research Center survey found that 53 percent of the country says that the U.S. has a less effective role as a world leader compared to 10 years ago.

The study also showed that 51 percent of the respondents said that the government gets too involved in the world's crises while 52 percent believe it should "mind its own business internationally" and pay more attention to problems at home.

The study also revealed that 56 percent of the nation disapproves of President Barack Obama's foreign policy while only 36 percent approve. The public, in particular, disapproves of his handling of crises in Syria, Iran, China and Afghanistan by wide margins.

Obama's job rating, in fact, is below 40 percent for nine of 10 foreign policy issues tested, although when it comes to handling terrorism more approve of Obama's policies (51 percent) than disapprove (44 percent).

Just over half of Americans (51 percent), a figure 10 percent higher than a similar poll in September, say that Obama is not tough enough on foreign policy matters and national security issues while 37 percent say his approach is fine.

The survey also revealed that 37 percent approve of the way Obama is handling healthcare and just 31 percent approve of his handling of the economy.

The Pew research also showed that people think China, with 48 percent, is the world’s leading economic power while just 31 percent believe it's the United States. But a majority of Americans (68 percent) continue to think that the U.S. is the world’s leading military power, compared to just 14 percent for China.

The findings are part of the America’s Place in the World quadrennial survey of foreign policy attitudes, which is conducted in partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Rep. Darrell Issa: Serious Flaws in Ebola Protocols

Friday, 24 Oct 2014 13:19 PM

The Ebola diagnosis of an American doctor in New York City raises new doubts about the administration’s preparedness in  . . .

NYC Health Official: Ebola System Worked

Friday, 24 Oct 2014 12:11 PM

New York City's health system worked when presented with the city's first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola, Dr. Mary T . . .

Joe Lieberman: Obama Losing the Propaganda War to ISIS

Friday, 24 Oct 2014 11:52 AM

Despite recent evidence that ISIS and al-Qaida possess sophisticated propaganda machines, Joe Lieberman contends the gov . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved