Three-fourths (75%) of Americans today think the United States has “a special responsibility to be the leading nation in world affairs,” up from 66% in 2010. The surge is driven by Democrats, whose belief in this idea has increased from 61% eight years ago to 81% now.
Since Donald Trump succeeded Barack Obama as president in 2017, he has drawn the ire of Democrats for his aggressive actions to reverse U.S. foreign policy on several fronts. Trump’s “America First” approach to foreign policy has led to the withdrawal of the U.S. from multinational agreements signed during Obama’s presidency and has caused conflict with other nations over trade and other issues. A November Gallup poll finds Democrats nearly unanimous (92%) in their disapproval of Trump’s handling of foreign affairs.
Republicans, who have a much more positive view (85% approval) in this month’s poll of Trump’s handling of foreign affairs, are slightly more likely now (79%) than in 2010 (73%) to say the U.S. should be the leading nation in world affairs, while support for the idea among independents has stayed about the same.