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Thu Dec 5, 2013, 10:11 AM

Poll: Wide partisan gaps in foreign policy goals

More than three times as many Democrats (57%) as Republicans (16%) say that dealing with global climate change should be a top foreign policy priority. This reflects the deep partisan divide over whether there is solid evidence that the earth is warming.

And while goals such as strengthening the U.N., improving living standards in developing countries, and promoting human rights and democracy are not among Democrats’ leading priorities overall, more Democrats than Republicans view each as top policy goals.

By contrast, reducing illegal immigration is rated as much more important by Republicans than Democrats. About six-in-ten (62%) Republicans say that reducing illegal immigration is a top foreign policy objective, compared with 49% of independents and just 38% of Democrats. In addition, protecting against terrorism is viewed as top priority by more Republicans (93%) than Democrats (81%) or independents (78%).


The 5 issues in which there is a significant Democratic leaning were: dealing with climate change, strengthening the UN, improving living standards in poor countries and promoting human rights and democracy abroad. None of these issues were top priorities even for Democrats, but were largely ignored (or actively opposed) by republicans.

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