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Study suggests more Americans believe US world influence is waning

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

The number of Americans who believe that US global influence is declining is on the increase, a recent study has suggested.

Overall, the proportion of Americans who said that the US played a less powerful role in the world than it did 10 years ago rose to 37 percent, up from 17 percent back in 2002, in a survey from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Only one in three of the 2,717 respondents believed that the US would be the dominant world power in 50 years time. The pessimism is mostly due the recent recession and the succession of foreign military conflicts. More Americans are concerned with the home front than with international wars, after nine years of particularly challenging wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, coupled with the financial crisis since 2007.

The overwhelming majority of Americans (9 out of 10) believe that addressing problems within US borders are more important than problems abroad. Most Americans also agree that in the event of a war between Israel and Iraq, the US should not intervene with the Israeli side. Just over half of respondents said that the US’s ability to achieve its national goals had decreased.

About 75 percent of Americans also think that the capability of terrorists to initiate another major attack in the US was either greater or the same as it was on September 11, 2001. Support for military bases in Iraq, Afghanistan, Japan, Germany and Turkey had also fallen and almost half of all Americans believed that the social and political components of Islam were incompatible with Western democracy. The same number also said that violent conflicts with the Muslim world were inevitable, 18 percent more than in 2002.

A majority of Americans are pessimistic about the economic future; with 59 percent saying that economic climate for the next generation of Americans will be worse than it is for adults today. Perhaps cheap car rental usa alone isn’t enough any more. 62 percent also said that the distribution of income and wealth across the country was more unfair than it used to be.