Many people believe the United States and its allies should cooperate more, and a solid majority of U.S. voters still think that the better way for that to happen is for America’s allies to follow our lead.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 55% of Likely U.S. Voters say it would be better for our allies to do what the United States wants more often rather than vice versa. Only 12% feel the United States should do what our allies want more often, while 27% favor neither course.
In 2007 and 2008, the number of voters who felt the United States should do what our allies want more often ranged from 21% to 34%. In January 2009, this number dropped to 15% and has remained at that level or lower ever since. At the same time, the number of voters who believe our allies should follow our lead has risen from the low 40s in late 2006 to the mid- to upper 50s over the past year.
Forty-seven percent (47%) give the Obama administration good or excellent marks for its response to the Egypt situation, while 24% rate its response as poor.
Still, an overwhelming 76% of voters believe that it’s generally good for America when dictators in other countries are replaced with leaders selected in free and fair elections.