Pew Poll: Americans Think US Should ‘Mind Its Own Business’ Globally

Poll Shows Soaring Opposition to Interventionism

New data from Pew Research shows a record number of Americans averse to military interventionism internationally, with a strong majority believing the US should “mind its own business.”

Analysts are trying to spin this as “disillusionment” with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and indeed another polling figure reveals most believe the past decade of war has left the US “less important and powerful.”

But they seem to be okay with the idea of being less powerful, as most believe the US tries to do too much intervening abroad, and pushes for a “shared leadership” role.

Voter wishes are starkly in contrast with political leadership in both parties, which continue to see the idea of American aggression abroad as an end unto itself, and push for the US to get ever more involved across Europe and the Middle East.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.