2011 June 19 Sunday
Americans Do Not Want World Police Role

A message that the politically powerful don't want to hear.

"Being the world's policeman" is a phrase often used to suggest America is the nation chiefly responsible for peace and the establishment of democracy in the rest of the world. But just 11% of Likely U.S. Voters think that should be America’s role.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 74% disagree and say the United States should not be the world's policeman. Fifteen percent (15%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Americans are opposed to Team America: World Police.

This is not a recent decision on the part of Americans.

That’s virtually unchanged from findings in September 2009.

Unfortunately, the 9/11 attack has been used as a justification not only for invasion of a country unrelated to the attack but also for a general ramping up of federal power.

People on the levers of power are more into pulling those levers abroad.

Most voters share these views across virtually all demographic categories. But while 81% of Mainstream voters oppose the United States being the world's policeman, 30% of those in the Political Class feel it's the right role for America.

That link to the Political Class takes us to an August 2010 Rasmussen poll which illustrates the gap between the rulers and the ruled: 67% of Political Class Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction, 84% of Mainstream Disagrees. Speaks volumes.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2011 June 19 02:17 PM  Elites Versus Masses

Black Death said at June 20, 2011 4:55 AM:

It's called a legitimacy crisis. Look at this:

The present-day American Goliath may turn out to be a freak of a waning age of politics and economics as conducted on a super-sized scale – too large to make any rational sense…
Is this all mere fancy, another amusing idea with which to wile away the summer? Fourth Generation theory suggests there is more to it than that. The crisis of legitimacy of the state has not passed America by. Washington pretends to offer “democracy,” but both parties are largely one party, the Establishment party. Its game is remaining the Establishment and enjoying the pleasures thereof, not governing the country. The only politics that count are court politics; America outside the beltway exists only as an annoying distraction. As both the economy and the culture crash, the Establishment says, “What is that to us?”


Lou Pagnucco said at June 20, 2011 4:02 PM:

I agree B.D.

This is an increasingly unresponsive, plutocratic, kleptocratic autocracy - where law is applied unfairly and arbitrarily.

Marie Antoinette was probably in closer touch with the people than WDC politicians are.

Extremely strange times.

Jeff Maylor said at June 20, 2011 5:24 PM:

When the "world policeman" role of the US fades, it may not be as wonderful as some believe. Although most recent adventures have been poorly thought out, a world without a predominant US may very likely be more dangerous place, with more money spent worldwide on defense. When the US falls and the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency, there may be a substantial fall in the US standard of living.

I'm all for scaling things back worldwide, but let's not be naive. There are also benefits to being king. We may miss some of them.

Lou Pagnucco said at June 20, 2011 9:13 PM:

Too bad the "world policeman" hasn't appeared to act strictly for Main Street U.S. interests.

no i don't said at June 22, 2011 11:40 AM:

Absolutely not. It's all in the way people are asked. If you use the words "world's policeman" of course most people will say no. But if you use words like "fight for freedom", "establishment of democracy in the world" and of course "war on terror" most people will continue to say "YES". Hey, a 200-year-old attitude and international policy hasn't suddenly changed out of nothing...

Sorry, this is a case in which the answer is begged in the question.

Chek It Out said at June 22, 2011 6:11 PM:

Maybe it is only the people that don't want the police role, but the government is another story.

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