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Majority of Americans Want to Strengthen or Expand US Alliances

Running Numbers by Dina Smeltz and Libby Berry
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President Joe Biden shakes hands with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

The public continues to believe such security relationships benefit both the United States and its allies.

As conflicts escalate across the globe, a new Chicago Council on Global Affairs-Ipsos survey finds Americans want to boost US security alliances with other nations.

In the May 31-June 2 poll, a majority say they believe Washington should either strengthen current US alliances (34%) or expand them (44%), even if this means the United States must make additional security commitments. Less than 20 percent say US leaders should reduce or withdraw from alliances with other countries.

Looking across self-described political affiliations, more Democrats (58%) than Republicans (37%) and Independents (39%) favor expanding alliances, but solid majorities of both see value in at least maintaining existing alliances. Independents are most likely to say the United States should reduce US security commitments or get out of alliances as soon as possible, but this is only a minority view (24% Independents, 16% Republicans, 12% Democrats).

Indeed, these recent data track with previous Council polling, which has repeatedly shown that the American public values US security alliances abroad. In past surveys, majorities said they believe military alliances are an effective approach to achieve US foreign policy goals and benefit both the United States and allied states.

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Council-Ipsos Flash Polling This report is part of our ongoing partnership with Ipsos to conduct monthly polling on American public opinion on key foreign policy issues.
About the Authors
Vice President, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy
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Dina Smeltz, a polling expert, has more than 25 years of experience designing and fielding international social and political surveys. Prior to joining the Council to lead its annual survey of American attitudes on US foreign policy, she served in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the US State Department's Office of Research from 1992 to 2008.
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Communications Officer
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As the communications officer for the Lester Crown Center, Libby Berry works to connect audiences with foreign policy research and analysis.
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