Americans Turning More Isolationist, Poll Finds

Publication: The Philadelphia Inquirer

Author: Steven Thomma

12/04/2009 - At the very moment President Obama is looking to thrust the United States ever more into global affairs, the American public is turning more isolationist and unilateralist than it has at any time in decades, a survey released yesterday said.

The Pew Research Center poll found that a plurality of Americans – 49 percent – think the United States should "mind its own business internationally" and leave it to other countries to fend for themselves.

It was the first time in more than 40 years of polling, Pew said, that the ranks of Americans with isolationist sentiment outnumbered those with a more international outlook.

Read the full editorial Americans Turning More Isolationist, Poll Finds on the Philadelphia Inquirer's Web site.

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