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Americans' Global Priorities for Obama Second Term: Support for UN Is in Our Best Interest


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JL
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Bringing troops home, Middle East, global economy top voters international priority issues



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JL A. (276)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 6:44 pm
Americans’ Global Priorities for Obama Second Term: Support for UN is in Our Best Interest
Bringing troops home, Middle East, global economy top voters international priority issues

January 16, 2013

As President Obama prepares to begin a second term with new cabinet members and a Congress with more than 90 new members, bipartisan polling data released today by the Better World Campaign provides a clear picture of American priorities on international affairs.

The poll reveals that approximately eight in 10 voters say it is important for the U.S. to maintain an active role in the United Nations, and further that it is in America's best interest to continue to actively support the UN. More than two thirds favor paying our dues to the UN on time and in full, and say that the UN has been supportive of America’s goals and objectives around the world.

"We are a responsible nation — a nation that understands that international cooperation is vital to our national security and foreign policy priorities. As we work to emerge from a recession and the faces of our foreign policy leadership change, Americans understand, we need to stand with our partners to make real change on the international stage,” said Peter Yeo, Executive Director of the Better World Campaign.

Poll respondents were also asked what specific international issues they want the Administration to address and help resolve. Strong consensus emerged on bringing troops home and ending the war; creating peace in the Middle East and Israel; and addressing the global economy.

“Even—or perhaps especially—amid concerns about a teetering global economy, Americans cite strong support for involvement in the UN,” added Yeo. “Indeed, Americans’ priority issues are the ones that the United Nations addresses directly on a daily basis. From promoting sustainable development and poverty reduction through the Millennium Development Goals, to aiding troop withdrawals in Afghanistan by disarming rebel groups, strengthening judicial systems and training police forces, the UN is directly supporting American objectives.”

Additionally, when given brief descriptions of UN specialized agencies, 82 percent said it’s important for the U.S. to be a member of UNESCO; 87 percent said it’s important to be a member of the World Food Program; and 92 percent said it’s important to be a member of the World Health Organization.

The nationwide poll of likely voters, conducted January 6-9 by the bipartisan research team of Public Opinion Strategies and Hart Research Associates, surveyed 900 registered voters (630 landline/ 270 cell) with a margin of error of ± 3.27 percent.

For a memo detailing the full results of the polling, click here.
 

Jason S. (57)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 7:11 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

JL A. (276)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 7:46 pm
You are welcome Jason
 

Kit B. (276)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 8:02 pm

I guess that WHO would rank high for me, I don't see what the UN or the US can do in the middle east, the whole place is in flux. A friend in Egypt says they are working hard to over come the power and influence of the Muslim Brotherhood in the next election, they are really hoping for a real democracy.
 

JL A. (276)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 8:04 pm
I agree Kit--WHO is integral to the health of all in the world. You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last week.
 

John B. (122)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 8:09 pm
Thanks J.L. for the post. The American citizenry seems to "get it" whereas the politicians don't. Thanks also for the link to the article so I could get the link to the full results of poll. Read and noted.
 

JL A. (276)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 8:11 pm
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Jim Phillips (3201)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 8:16 pm
The World Health Organization – WHO (92% say it is very or somewhat important that the U.S. be a member; 66% say it is very important)
o The World Food Program – WFP (87% total important; 49% very important)
o The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – UNESCO (83% total important; 52% very important)

From: http://www.betterworldcampaign.org/assets/pdf/january-2013-bwc-polling-memo.pdf

Makes for an interesting read.

The USA needs to keep and support the UN. While not perfect, it is a valuable organization.

Ty, JL.
.
 

JL A. (276)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 8:23 pm
Thanks for highlighting some of the results Jim--I'm not sure everyone knows that all of these are UN programs--and perhaps not some others, either, yet value the program highly. Is there any organization that is perfect? You cannot currently send a star to Jim because you have done so within the last week.
 

Michael Kirkby (86)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 9:20 am
Two things to consider: when you get the troops home how will they be employed? Secondly from the collusive; obfuscative behavior that often has bordered on criminal; why should we trust the UN. The UN does the bidding of the Rothschilds and the Rockefellers. Whose interests do you think will come first?
 

JL A. (276)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 3:01 pm
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Terry V. (30)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 5:05 pm
thanks

The 10 Commandments of Mother Earth
 

JL A. (276)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 5:08 pm
You are welcome Terry and thanks for the relevant video link! You cannot currently send a star to Terry because you have done so within the last week.
 

donnaa d. (14)
Friday January 18, 2013, 4:27 am
noted
 

cecily w. (0)
Friday January 18, 2013, 5:56 am
Of course the U.S. should fully support the U.N. However, a priority should be given to the United Nations Population Fund. (Despite the word "Fund" in its title, it is a U.N. organization.) If the numbers of births in high Total Fertility Rate countries (including Afghanistan and Mali) were fairly and humanely reduced, many of the other problems would also be reduced.
 

Scott haakon (4)
Friday January 18, 2013, 11:28 pm
The UN is not our friend nor is it getting the job done. We should be very careful and not bow to the UN's sometimes bone headed policies or has everyone forgotten the big mistakes? Many times the UN has helped terrorists under their anti-gun policy. Even arming a nation being invaded by terrorists (Mali) has trouble arming it's nation.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/nov/28/thwarting-global-gun-grabbers/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2012/07/10/the-u-n-arms-trade-treaty-are-our-2nd-amendment-rights-part-of-the-deal/

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/nov/28/thwarting-global-gun-grabbers/
 

JL A. (276)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 7:49 am
As this article shows, most of the work of the UN has nothing to do with terrorism or guns and thus the majority of Americans support the UN. For information on the treaty see:
http://www.care2.com/news/member/663679641/3506375
 

monka blanke (82)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 11:16 am
Perhaps it's best to support the UN, they might not be perfect, but then who is ? At least the UN aims for peace; which is very important. Michael Kirby says " to consider: when you get the troops home how will they be employed? " Well, that can't be a reason Not getting them home ! Would you be at war, because it suits you, or the nation ? The second Amendment (the right to bear arms) is just as wrong. From this point of view you won't get peace.....
I'm glad the UN exists !
 

JL A. (276)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 4:36 pm
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