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Fall 2011 UN Polling Memo

Fall 2011 UN Polling Memo

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TO:INTERESTEDPARTIESFR:BILLMCINTURFF/LIZHARRINGTON/GEOFFGARINDT:OCTOBER11
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,2011RE:UNITEDNATIONSFOUNDATION–INDEXOFPUBLICOPINIONONINTERNATIONALISSUESANDTHEUNITEDNATIONS
EXECUTIVESUMMARY:
NationalresearchconductedfromOctober1-4,2011byPublicOpinionStrategiesandHartResearchAssociates,onbehalfoftheUnitedNationsFoundation,shows:
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VotersoverwhelminglybelieveitisimportanttheUnitedStatesmaintainanactiverolewithintheUnitedNations.
 
Morethaneightoutoftenvoters(86%)sayitisimportantthattheUnitedStatesmaintainanactiverolewithintheUnitedNations,withasubstantialmajority(65%)sayingitis‘veryimportant’theUnitedStatesdoso.
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AmericanssupporttheUnitedStatespayingourduestotheUnitedNationsontimeandinfull.Sixty-fourpercentofvoters(64%)favortheUnitedStatespayingourduestotheUnitedNationsontimeandinfull,while31%oppose.
 
MajoritiesofRepublicans,Independents,andDemocratsfavorpayingourUNduesontimeandinfull.
 
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TherecontinuestobeevengreatersupportfortheUnitedStatespayingourpeacekeepingduestotheUnitedNationsontimeandinfull(71%favor/25%oppose).
 
Thisisalsotrueregardlessofparty.MajoritiesofRepublicans,Independents,andDemocratscontinuetofavorpayingourpeacekeepingduestotheUnitedNationsontimeandinfull.
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AmajorityofAmericans(55%)opposesproposedlegislationthatwouldcutUnitedStates’fundingoftheUnitedNations,while39%favorit.Intensitymatters,andthereisahigherlevelofstrongopposition(37%stronglyoppose)tothisproposedlegislationcomparedtostrongsupport(21%stronglyfavor).
 
MajoritiesofDemocratsandIndependentsopposetheproposedlegislation,whileasmallmajorityofRepublicanssupporttheproposedlegislation.
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TherecontinuestobesignificantrecognitionofthecontemporaryrelevanceoftheUnitedNations.Morethantwo-thirdsofAmericans(68%)believetheUnitedNationsisstillneededtoday.
 
MajoritiesofRepublicans,Independents,andDemocratsagreewiththisassessment.
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Consistentwithourpasttracks,amajorityofAmericansperceivetheUnitedNationsasan“onlysomewhateffective”organization(51%).
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SignificantmajoritiesofAmericansoverwhelminglybelievetheUnitedStatesshouldbesupportiveofallofthe17UNprogramswetested.Thetopfourprogramswere:
 
HelpingtoreversethespreadofHIVandmalariaandothermajordiseasesaroundtheworld.
 
Improvingtheaccesstosafedrinkingwaterinpoor,developingcountries.
 
Workingtobetterthelivesofadolescentgirlsaroundtheworldbyhelpingassuregirlshaveaccesstoqualityeducationandhealthcare,adequatelivelihoods,andfreedomfromviolenceandharmfulpractices.
 
Improvingthehealthofwomenandchildreninpoor,developingcountriesbymakingsuretheyhaveaccesstovaccinesandmaternalhealthcare.
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DETAILEDFINDINGS:
Question:Answer:AreAmericanssupportiveoftheUnitedStatespayingourduesandpeacekeepingduestotheUnitedNationsontimeandinfull?Yes.
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MorethansixoutoftenAmericanscontinuetofavortheUnitedStatespayingourduestotheUnitedNationsontimeandinfull.
PayUNGeneralDuesOnTime/InFull 
FavorOpposeOctober201063%31%May201160%34%October201164%31%
 
MajoritiesofRepublicans,Independents,andDemocratsfavorpayingourUNduesontimeandinfull.
PayUNGeneralDuesOnTime/InFull–ByParty
FavorOppose
Republicans50%46%Independents54%38%Democrats81%15%
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ThereisgreatersupportfortheUnitedStatespayingourpeacekeepingduestotheUnitedNationsontimeandinfull.
PayUNPeacekeepingDuesOnTime/InFull
FavorOpposeJune200970%25%October201072%23%May201169%27%October201171%25%

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