Foreign Policy

Majorities Across Partisan Groups Agree: US Should Mind Its Own Business Internationally

Even conservative Republicans turn from Bush era foreign policy


If GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney could be used as a political barometer to gauge where mainstream Republicans are going, he hits the mark according to the Pew Research Center's political typology survey.

In the second GOP presidential debate on June 13 in New Hampshire, Mitt Romney declared, "It's time for us to bring our troops home as soon as we possibly can…Only the Afghanis can win Afghanistan's independence from the Taliban".

Pew Research Center data released on May 4 shows a dramatic shift in the public's desire to be active in world affairs and deal with problems overseas, even among conservative Republicans.

In 2004, 58% of conservative Republicans believed it was best to be active in world affairs, compared to only 39% in 2011. In 2004, 49% of conservative Republicans wanted to pay less attention to problems overseas compared to 58% in 2011.

Among all political groups a majority agree America should pay less attention to problems overseas, with 55% conservative Republicans, 54% liberal/moderate Republicans, 59% Independents, 63% conservative/moderate Democrats, 57% liberal Democrats.

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