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Thursday June 16, 2011

Americans Are Most Willing To Help Costa Rica, Dominican Republic On Latest List of Defense Partners

Americans Are Most Willing To Help Costa Rica, Dominican Republic On Latest List of Defense Partners

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The United States has defense treaties with more than 50 nations, but Rasmussen Reports is finding that most Americans aren’t willing to go to bat militarily for the majority of them. Out of the latest list of nine countries Rasmussen asked about, just Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic earn the support of a plurality of adults.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 45% of American Adults say if Costa Rica were attacked, the United States should offer military assistance to help defend the popular tourist spot.  Thirty-four percent (34%) disagree, and 21% are not sure. 

Forty-two percent (42%) believe America should provide military aid to the Dominican Republic, Haiti’s neighbor, if it comes under attack. Nearly as many (38%), however, oppose such said. Twenty percent (20%) are undecided.

At the top of the list of countries Americans are willing to help defend are Canada, Great Britain and Australia. Colombia and many of the countries carved out of the former Soviet Union are among those Americans are least enthusiastic about defending.

Costa Rica ranks just below Spain and France but is above Egypt and Greece.  The Dominican Republic falls in line with Japan, Hungary and Haiti.

Currently, the United States is providing military assistance to anti-government rebels in Libya.  However, just 26% of voters feel the United States should continue its presence in Libya.