Nearly half want US to have less active international role

 

Nearly half of the public say the United States should have a less active role in the world, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Wednesday found.

Forty-seven percent said the U.S. should reduce its level of engagement internationally while 19 percent said it should be more active and 30 percent said it should remain at the current level.

The latest numbers are a stark contrast from public opinion WSJ and NBC News recorded just after 9/11, when 40 percent of people wanted the U.S. to engage more of the world and only 14 percent wanted it to be less active. 

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Just over a third approved of President Obama’s handling of foreign policy in the new poll, and 37 percent said they approve of Obama’s handling of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, down from 43 percent recorded in March.

Obama’s overall job approval rating rose to 44 percent from 41 percent in March, the poll found.

Nearly half said globalization is bad for the U.S. economy while 43 percent said it’s a good development.

The poll comes just days after the Obama administration announced a new round of sanctions against Russia in an effort to deter its intervention in Ukraine. 

Perceptions of potential 2016 presidential contenders were also measured in the poll. Nearly half viewed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton positively and 32 percent viewed her negatively. Less than a quarter viewed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) favorably.

The survey was conducted April 23 to 27 covering 1,000 adults. It has a 3.1-percentage-point margin of error.