The ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

U.S. Should Not Concern Itself with World Problems 1956-2016

  '56 '58 '60 '62 '64 '66 '68 '70 '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08 '12 '16
Agree 25
(434)
24
(427)
18
(349)
** ** ** 23
(305)
** 20
(529)
** 26
(628)
** 18
(245)
** 24
(230)
29
(315)
29
(590)
30
(288)
26
(643)
31
(538)
27
(462)
18
(234)
28
(253)
21
(315)
20
(248)
30
(703)
38
(2217)
33
(1405)
Disagree 57
(1000)
56
(1021)
66
(1265)
** ** ** 74
(990)
** 77
(2078)
** 67
(1593)
** 78
(1087)
** 73
(705)
66
(713)
67
(1357)
66
(644)
72
(1778)
67
(1176)
72
(1227)
81
(1030)
70
(621)
78
(1144)
79
(951)
67
(1564)
61
(3589)
67
(2827)
Don't Know, Other 18
(324)
20
(364)
16
(305)
** ** ** 3
(42)
** 3
(81)
** 7
(164)
** 5
(66)
** 4
(36)
5
(52)
4
(85)
4
(43)
2
(62)
3
(49)
1
(20)
1
(13)
2
(18)
1
(12)
1
(11)
2
(55)
1
(61)
0
(19)
N 1758 1812 1919 0 0 0 1337 0 2688 0 2385 0 1398 0 971 1080 2032 975 2483 1763 1709 1277 892 1471 1210 2322 5867 4251

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 4D.1.

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Question Text:

"'This country would be better off if we just stayed home and did not concern ourselves with problems in other parts of the world.'"

Percent among demographic groups who responded:

Agree
Disagree

Note:

In 1956-1960 only, a Show Card was presented with response options that included 'Not sure; it depends'; these cases are included in the combined Don't Know/Other category.

2012 and 2016 data are for the combined (face-to-face and internet) sample.

For 2012, the 'Don't Know/Other' category represents face-to-face cases only (in the 2012 Web instrument, a Don't Know category was not present).

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