Surveys Show Americans Support Ties with Europe
Keyser, Jason, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
The American public is moving away from the attitude that the United States should play the dominant role in world affairs and favors sharing power with a growing, unified Europe according to a study released yesterday.
The study, by the Program on International Policy Attitudes of the University of Maryland, however, also concluded that the American public was not seeking a retreat to national isolationism.
The study combined polls of 2,747 Americans, conducted from February to April, with surveys conducted in Europe by the U.S. Information Agency.
It examined public sentiment on the 15-nation European Union and on NATO expansion, U.S. involvement in the Bosnia, economic sanctions and transatlantic trade.
The found 68 percent of Americans still supported maintaining strong ties with Europe despite the end of the Cold War and 53 percent favored a stronger, more unified Europe to balance its power with the United States.
Steven Kull, director of the Program on International Policy Attitudes and coordinator of the study, said an American public that wanted a new, "equal partner" relationship with Europe was emerging. …