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Americans want less involvement in foreign affairs

Is America too active in world affairs? According to a new poll, the answer is yes.
US President Barack Obama walks from Marine One to Air Force One, April 29, 2014.
US President Barack Obama walks from Marine One to Air Force One, April 29, 2014.

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.”