Is America too active in world affairs? According to a new poll, the answer is yes.
A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows 47% of voters say America should be less active in world affairs, while 30% think the U.S. should remain at its current level of involvement. Just 19% want to see America become more involved in the international world.
These new numbers represent a major change from after the 9/11 attacks when 37% of Americans though the country should be more active.
The reluctance of Americans to be involved in foreign affairs shouldn’t be a surprise as previous polling has shown Americans’ lack of desire to intervene in the recent Russia/Ukraine conflict.
While Americans may not want to play the starring role on the world stage, they do not want to appear weak either. According to the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll 55% said it is important for President Obama to present “an image of strength that show America’s willingness to confront our enemies and stand up for our principles” while 39% believe President Obama should show an “image of a more open approach.”