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The Index is a joint venture of Public Agenda and Foreign Affairs, produced with major support from the Ford Foundation. It tracks the changing state of mind of average Americans toward foreign policy, probing deeper than typical polls and examining core strategies and beliefs about the United States' role in the world.
The latest results from the Confidence in U.S. Foreign Policy Index reveal that the American public is anxious about increasing prices at the pump, and that economic issues are increasingly driving foreign policy attitudes. Achieving energy independence is now respondents' number one foreign policy concern. Six out of ten Americans say reducing energy dependence would strengthen our nation's security "a great deal," the highest percentage since the Index's inception. The public's preference for diplomacy, always strong, has also increased dramatically, particularly with regard to Iran.
Spring 2008 Confidence in U.S. Foreign Policy Index
Posted April 30, 2008
Full text of the Spring 2008 poll
Spring 2007 Confidence in U.S. Foreign Policy Index
Posted April 4, 2007
Full text of the Spring 2007 poll