Survey: Counter-Terrorism Outweighs Defending Democracy Abroad
Protecting the United States from terrorism means more to Americans than promoting democracy abroad, a Pew Research Center study found.
Since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Americans consider protecting U.S. shores from terrorism a top priority, according to a UPI report. The study, conducted every four years, found 83 percent of those questioned held that opinion in 2013, which is slightly down from its high of 86 percent in 2005.
The second-highest priority for U.S. citizens in 2013 was jobs (81 percent), and “preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction” ranked third (73 percent).
However, “promoting democracy in other nations” has steadily fallen out of favor with the U.S. public, the survey found. Only 18 percent of those interviewed considered it an American priority, compared to 29 percent in 2001.