Is the American century over? The majority of Americans say “yes” in a poll by Pew Research.
For the first time in the four decades since Pew began asking the question, more than half (53%) believe the United States is playing a less important and powerful role on the global stage than it did 10 years ago.
President Obama campaigned in 2008 on seeking to increase respect internationally, but 70% of those polled say the U.S. is less respected now, statistically the same response (71%) that was given when George W. Bush was president in May 2008.
Other eyebrow-raising findings in the poll:
52% say the United States “should mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along the best they can on their own.”
56% disapprove of Obama’s handling of foreign policy
51% say the United States does too much in helping solve world problems, while just 17% say it does too little and 28% think it does the right amount.
77% say that growing trade and business ties between the United States and other countries are either very good (23%) or somewhat good (54%) for the U.S. Just 18% have a negative view