There’s an interesting article on the results of a survey on foreign affairs commissioned by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. The results aren’t particularly surprising. Americans, regardless of party affiliation, tend to be interventionist in their views. Americans are concerned about the rise of Islamist fundamentalism, increasingly so. Republicans are more hawkish than Democrats. Democrats are pro-amnesty for illegal immigrants; Republicans favor expulsion but not as greatly as you might think. A majority of Democrats believe that climate change is a serious, immediate problem. A majority of Republicans do, too, although more Republicans think a measured solution is adequate than believe that immediate, strenuous action is called for.
Americans regardless of party overwhelmingly believe in maintaining U. S. military dominance, international treaties, strengthening the United Nations, and “free trade” agreements.
Would you have believed that 53% of Republicans and 44% of Democrats (44% of Americans overall) support sending troops into Iran if Iran violates the deal that the Obama Administration has negotiated? I find it distressing that so many Americans believe in preventive war (it’s self defense if you go to war because another country attacks you; it’s “preemptive war” if you go to war because another country is about to attack you; it’s “preventive war” if you go to war because another country could go to war against you).
I recommend you dig into the more detailed report on results. It’s actually more revealing than the executive summary. For example, see this graphic illustrating how Americans “prefer the United States fight terrorism”:
Pretty bellicose, no?
The real surprises in these results might be how much consensus there is among Americans on issues that haven’t been as highly publicized and how the leaders of the political parties struggle to reconcile their own actions with what their voters believe about foreign policy.