19 Nov '11, 4am

Fixing US economy trumps global engagement: survey

HALIFAX, Canada: Nearly nine out of 10 Americans say their government should focus more on domestic economic woes than on its global engagement, a survey released Friday showed. The Ipsos survey of 18,682 adults in 24 countries found the same was true in other countries but to a slightly lesser extent, with only eight in 10 focused primarily on jobs and their pocketbooks. "Most people want their nations to be engaged citizens of the world, but economic pressures prompt people to look inward," said Peter Van Praagh, head of the Halifax International Security Forum, which commissioned the poll. "This is understandable." Economics aside, about 80 percent of respondents support their governments in their efforts to help countries struck by natural disasters, nurture democracy or punish countries behaving badly by levying sanctions. Also, 63 percent of respondents said they wis...

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