Americans Would Like to Stay Out of Conflict-Torn Countries, Thanks


Amid deepening violence across Eastern Europe and the Middle East, Americans are recoiling from direct engagement overseas and oppose U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine by large margins, according to a POLITICO poll of 2014 battleground voters.

The survey provides a unique look at the foreign policy attitudes of voters who will decide the most competitive Senate and House races this fall. It shows an intensely skeptical view of American military intervention:

Asked whether the U.S should do more to counter Russian aggression in Ukraine, just 17 percent answered in the affirmative. Thirty-one percent said the current policy is correct and 34 percent said the U.S. should be less involved. The poll was completed before the downing last week of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, the civilian airliner that was apparently attacked over eastern Ukraine.

More than three-quarters of likely voters say they support plans to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016. Only 23 percent oppose the plan.

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  1. I’m always confused when majority opinion matters or constitutes some sort of argument. It seems like opinion polls are against sacred cow topics, it’s typically ignored by those with an agenda. I’ve see Reason doing it a bit recently…

    1. Majority opinion is also flighty. One day, it’s with you, the next it’s not. If MH17 had a substantial number of Americans onboard, you could bet the majority would be crying for blood of…someone…

      1. Exactly. The majority wholeheartedly supported the Afghan and Iraq excursions (not making a moral statement here, just pointing out a fact). Then Afghanistan was the good war, so we needed a surge. Hence, Obama’s campaign promises.

        You can’t use reactionary majority opinion when it’s convenient, and then ignore it when it’s not.

        Within 5-10 years, Americans will most likely support another military adventure. Probably in the Middle East. Maybe they’ll be right, or maybe they won’t. It doesn’t make a convincing argument one way or the other regardless.

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