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American Support for US Bases in Japan at Record High

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Craig Kafura

American public opinion toward Japan has never been warmer, Council data show.

US President Joe Biden and Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida shake hands
Reuters
Public Opinion

Americans Focused Elsewhere as Tensions Rise on the Korean Peninsula

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Karl Friedhoff

With all eyes on Ukraine, it is unclear if a seventh North Korean nuclear test will really register with the American public.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un oversees a missile launch at an undisclosed location in North Korea, in this undated photo released on October 10, 2022 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
Reuters
Public Opinion

US Arms Sales Reveal Discord in Taiwan's Defense Strategy

RESEARCH
Report by Ethan Kessler

Washington has started selling arms that serve a "porcupine" defense strategy to Taiwan. Whether Taipei fully embraces this new approach remains to be seen.

a ship in the waters near Taiwan
Wang Yu Ching
US Foreign Policy

American Views of China Remain at Record Lows

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Craig Kafura

With Xi Jinping poised to receive a third term at the 20th Party Congress, American opinion of China has never been worse.

Visitors walk past an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping holding a ballot, at an exhibition titled "Forging Ahead in the New Era" during an organised media tour ahead of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China
Reuters
Public Opinion

Americans Continue to Back South Korea

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Karl Friedhoff

A majority support using US troops to defend Seoul should North Korea invade, Council polling shows.

VP Harris and President Yoon shake hands near flags.
Reuters
Public Opinion

Americans Favor Aiding Taiwan Against China

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Coauthors

Should China invade Taiwan, 2022 Chicago Council Survey data show most Americans would support sending arms but not US troops.

Nancy Pelosi walks with Taiwan's president
Wang Yu Ching
Public Opinion

Strong Partners: Japanese and US Perceptions of America and the World

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Coauthors

New data from the Japan Institute of International Affairs and the Council offer insights on how publics in the United States and Japan view the relationship between their countries.

Japan's Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi (R) fist bumps with new US ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel
Reuters
Public Opinion

Thinking Nuclear: South Korean Attitudes on Nuclear Weapons

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Coauthors

New public opinion data finds robust support for a domestic nuclear weapons program in South Korea.

Reuters
Reuters
Public Opinion

Republicans and Democrats Split on China Policy

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Coauthors

Chicago Council Survey data reveals growing concern across party lines about China's economic and military power.

President Biden and Xi Jinping shaking hands in front of flags in 2013.
Lintao Zhang
Public Opinion

Americans Remain Committed to South Korea, View North Korea as an Adversary

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Karl Friedhoff

2021 Chicago Council Survey data show that a majority of Americans hold favorable views of South Korea and would support defending the country from a North Korean attack.

North Korean missile test from September 2021.
Reuters
Public Opinion