Updated: Sept. 13, 2022 | By Jason I. McMann, PhD
Morning Consult’s U.S. Foreign Policy Tracker follows Americans’ views of U.S. foreign policy, including which issues they find most important, whether public opinion skews toward isolationism or engagement, and whether voters favor multilateral solutions to global economic and military challenges or prefer to go it alone. The tracker pairs Morning Consult’s crosscutting U.S. Foreign Policy Sentiment Indexes — which measure voters’ attitudes toward isolationism and multilateralism — with topical data on Democrats’ and Republicans’ evolving views on U.S.-China and U.S.-E.U. relations, foreign trade and investment, and more to provide holistic, high-frequency insights into Americans’ foreign policy preferences. The tracker updates monthly. A methodological companion memo can be found here.
Shares of registered voters citing each of the following as among the top five most important foreign policy issues facing the United States:
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Isolationism vs. Engagement
Indexes report the average shares of voters who favor greater isolationism, stability or engagement in U.S. foreign policy across three thematic issue areas
Isolationism vs. Engagement: Select Index Components
Shares of voters who think the United States should increase its involvement in the affairs of other countries
Shares of voters who think the U.S. government should increase the deployment of troops overseas
Shares of voters who think the United States should increase tariffs on foreign-made goods
Multilateralism vs. Unilateralism
Series report the average shares of voters who favor multilateralism, stability or unilateralism in U.S. foreign policy, measured across three thematic issue areas
Multilateralism vs. Unilateralism: Select Index Components
Shares of voters who think the United States should increase its involvement in international organizations like the United Nations
Shares of voters who think the United States should increase its efforts to resolve military disputes involving itself and other countries by coordinating a response with its allies instead of going it alone
Shares of voters who think the United States should increase its efforts to address economic disputes involving itself and other countries by coordinating a response with its allies instead of going it alone
The U.S. Foreign Policy Tracker relies on data collected through Morning Consult’s proprietary survey research capabilities. Interviews are conducted online.
All data featured in the tracker derives from weekly surveys conducted among representative samples of roughly 2,000 registered voters each, with unweighted margins of error of +/-2 percentage points. Data are weighted to approximate representative samples of U.S. voters.
Dates indicated in all charts correspond to the last day of survey fielding for each wave.
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About the author
Jason McMann is Head of Geopolitical Risk Analysis for Morning Consult. He leverages the company’s high-frequency survey intelligence to advise clients on how to integrate geopolitical risk into their decision-making.
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