Posted: Wednesday, 04 December 2013 5:03AM

Majority of Americans Sour on US Role in the World



Natallia Hudyma/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- More Americans than not believe the nation is less important and powerful in global affairs than it was a decade ago.

According to a Pew Research Center poll, 53 percent hold this view, the first time in nearly 40 years that a majority of the general public feels the U.S. has a less powerful role in the world.  Only 20 percent of Americans expressed the same opinion a decade ago.

Meanwhile, seven in 10 respondents to the Pew poll say the U.S. has lost respect in the world, about the same as in May 2008 when George W. Bush was president.

Views on President Obama’s handling of foreign policy have taken a decided turn against the commander in chief with 56 percent saying they disapprove of his overall decisions, compared to 34 percent who support them.

Obama’s only saving grace is that a majority back his handling of terrorism, 51 percent to 44 percent.

Meanwhile, 52 percent of Americans believe in the statement that the country “should mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along the best they can on their own” with 38 percent not endorsing that view.  That’s the greatest disparity in opinion since Pew first asked respondents about the statement in 1964.

However, when it comes to participating in the global economy, Americans overwhelmingly support U.S. involvement.  Seventy-seven percent say that improving trade and business ties with the international community is either very good or somewhat good.

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