This year’s survey goes deeper into Americans’ perceptions of our engagement with the world. Here’s a summary (with pretty graphs).
Americans think we spend 28% of the federal budget on foreign aid. When you tell them that it’s only one percent of the budget, here’s what happens:
Talk about “foreign aid” and people want to cut it. Tell them about global health programs, and they can get on board with that:
Twice as many people think that being engaged in the international community is the better way to go:
Sure, investing in foreign and and global health programs grow our economy and keep us safe, but Americans still believe in doing the right thing:
Even when you tell people how little we spend, how much good it does, and how right it is, we still have a long way to go before Americans don’t want to cut it:
Want to dive deeper? Read the full report.