The Confidence in U.S. Foreign Policy Index 2005

How Americans View U.S. Foreign Policy

When Americans were asked to name the most important global problems facing the United States, Iraq and terrorism were the two top concerns. Foreign nations' negative image of this country ranked number three. These and other findings, released jointly by Public Agenda and Foreign Affairs magazine, are part of the new Public Agenda Confidence in U.S. Foreign Policy Index.

Facts, Figures & Analysis

The survey also reveals that American thinking about U.S. relations with the Islamic world is a disquieting mix of high anxiety, growing uncertainly about current policy, and virtually no consensus about what else the country might do.

To be issued by Public Agenda regularly, the Index is designed to explore the public's long-term judgments and beliefs about America's role in the world.

This Index does something individual polls don't do - it provides insight into the public mind on the larger issues of international affairs. Foreign Affairs is proud to provide a launching pad for this critical research.

The Index is supported with funding from the Ford Foundation.

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Highlights from the findings

Thinking about the things that
government mustdo to fight
terrorism,in your opinion,
should the government:

Chart 2: Responses to terrorism

U.S. and the Islamic World: Concern and Confusion

Strong majorities of the public believe the image of the United States is suffering abroad and large majorities are worried about it. Three-quarters say they worry that "the U.S. may be losing the trust and friendship of people in other countries" and that "there may be growing hatred of the U.S. in Muslim countries." In both cases, four in ten say they worry "a lot" about this, compared to the one-quarter who say they don't worry at all. A smaller majority, six in ten, say they're at least somewhat worried accusations of torture against the U.S. will hurt our image.
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Strategic Priorities

Americans place improving the effectiveness of our intelligence operations and tighter controls on immigration at the top of their list of priorities for strengthening our nation's security. Few believe that doing more to help Muslim countries

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