Gallup Poll: Less Americans Want USA Taking Major Role in World Affairs

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According to Gallup, 65% of Americans favor either a major (45%) or leading (20%) role for the United States in global affairs. This represents a decline from 69% in 2019 and 72% in 2017, and is only one percentage point above the previous low in 2011.

Since Gallup began asking the question in 2001, a majority of Americans (over 70%) have consistently expressed support for the U.S. playing a major or leading role, with a peak of 79% in February 2003.

Apart from the 65% who support a significant role for the U.S. in global affairs, 27% prefer a minor role while 7% believe it should have no role at all. This marks the second instance, after 2011, where over 30% of respondents favored a limited or no role for the U.S. in addressing international issues.

The results are based on the annual Gallup World Affairs survey, conducted Feb. 1-23, and the Gallup Poll can be found here.

Written by staff