Most Americans say it would be better if the US just dealt with its own problems and let other nations deal with their own problems as best they can, according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center.
The survey, conducted April 12 to 19 among 2,008 US adults, 57 percent of Americans want the US to deal with its own problems. Just 37 percent say the US should help other countries deal with their problems.
And 41 percent of Americans say the US is too involved around the world while 27 percent say it is not engaged enough.
These are among the main findings of America’s Place in the World, a survey of foreign policy
attitudes conducted periodically by Pew Research Center, an American think tank is based in Washington, DC.
The poll also found that 49 percent of Americans say US involvement in the global economy is a bad thing because it lowers wages and costs jobs.
While Americans remain skeptical of US international involvement, many also view the United States
as a less powerful and important world power than it was a decade ago.
Nearly half, or 46 percent, say the United States
is less powerful than it was 10 years ago, while 21 percent say it is more powerful, and 31 percent say it is about as powerful as it was then.
The Pew survey also found that most Americans view the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group as the greatest threat facing the US
Currently, 80 percent say ISIL is a major threat to the well-being of the United States, while 72 percent view cyber attacks from other countries as a major threat and 67 percent say the same about global economic instability.
As has been the case for nearly four decades, more Americans, 54 percent, say they sympathize more with Israel than the Palestinians, while 13 percent say that they side with neither Israel nor the Palestinians in their dispute and 3 percent sympathize with both sides.
Since July 2014, however, there has been a modest rise in the share of Americans saying they sympathize more with the Palestinians, from 14 percent two years ago to 19 percent today.