June 25, 1995

Public Opinion of the UN:

Strong Support, Strong Criticism

Report Summary

Despite signs of growing isolationism in the United States, Americans as a whole continue to express strong support for the United Nations. To a public increasingly pre-occupied with domestic concerns, the United Nations is seen as a means of carrying the burdens and sharing the costs of global leadership. The world organization is most prized for providing a forum for dialogue between states and for dealing with global problems. But it is most harshly criticized for its poor record of accomplishments. Americans are also under the impression that the U.S. pays more than its fair share of UN costs.