Nearly half of all Americans believe the U.S. should mind its own business concerning foreign policy, and should allow other countries to mind theirs without our intervention – whether for good or ill.
According to a poll by the Pew Research Center, 46 percent of Americans – a historic high ever since the poll began in the early 1960s – believe the United States should worry only about the United States.
According to Pew, Americans’ resentment at recent Presidential Administrations over Mideast interventionist policies has fostered an unprecedented degree of isolationist philosophy among average Americans.
“Getting the American public’s attention, let alone commitment to deal with international issues is as challenging as it has ever been in the modern era,” said Pew Founding Director Andrew Kohut. “Feeling burned by Iraq and Afghanistan and burdened by domestic concerns, the public feels little responsibility and inclination to deal with international problems that are not seen as direct threats to the national interest. The depth and duration of the public’s disengagement these days goes well beyond the periodic spikes in isolationist sentiment that have been observed over the past 50 years.”