Poll Shows that the Public Wants to Know More about Darfur and Many Favor U.S. Involvement

Source Organization: Pew Research Center


06/07/2007 - As world leaders gather in Germany for the annual G-8 meeting, the humanitarian crisis in Darfur will be high on their agenda. The Pew Research Center's latest surveys find nearly half of Americans believing the United States has a moral obligation to do something about the ethnic genocide there, and a modest plurality thinking the U.S. should send troops. Clearly, many Americans want to learn more about the crisis; nearly five times as many Americans say the Darfur story has received too little news coverage as say it has gotten too much coverage.

About half of Americans (49%) believe the U.S. has a responsibility to "do something" about the ethnic genocide in Darfur, but about as many either say the U.S. has no responsibility to act (34%) or offer no opinion (17%). A narrow plurality (45%) favors the use of U.S. troops as part of a multinational force in Darfur, but the number supporting this approach has declined since December (from 53%).

Read the full report Poll Shows that the Public Wants to Know More about Darfur and Many Favor U.S. Involvement on the Pew Research Center Web site.

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