HPU Poll: Strong Military, Global Connections and Traditional Alliances Favored in NC

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HIGH POINT, N.C., April 7, 2017 – The new High Point University Poll finds that majorities of North Carolinians support the U.S. taking an active part in foreign affairs, consider the world increasingly dangerous, and say that economic globalization is mostly good for the United States despite some concerns about its effects on job security.

In results gathered before President Donald Trump announced an airstrike on a Syrian air base, the poll found that 64 percent of North Carolinians favor the U.S. taking an active part in world affairs rather than staying out. This is a result similar to other HPU Poll findings earlier this year and in February 2015. A large majority (79 percent) of North Carolinians also continue to see the world as increasingly dangerous for the U.S. and the American people, a finding shared with those earlier polls.

(Editor’s Note: While the recent poll did not include questions specifically about Syria, the HPU Poll has tracked North Carolinians’ feeling about Syria for several years. Some of those results can be viewed here and more here.)

The poll also asked about the effectiveness of several approaches to achieving foreign policy goals, and majorities of North Carolinians say that maintaining existing alliances (52 percent) and maintaining the U.S. military (51 percent) were “very effective” ways to achieve those goals. Approximately a third of poll respondents say that strengthening the United Nations (35 percent) and signing international agreements (34 percent) are very effective ways to reach foreign policy goals.

Just over half (54 percent) of North Carolinians say that globalization—understood as increasing connections of the U.S. economy with others around the world—is mostly good for the country. Thirty-five percent say that those increasing global economic connections are mostly bad.

And when asked about things that might benefit or be hurt by international trade, nearly four out of five (79 percent) of North Carolinians said trade was good for the U.S. economy while these same respondents were split over whether international trade was bad (47 percent) or good (42 percent) for the job security of American workers.  The poll found majorities of North Carolina residents say that international trade is good for consumers like them (73 percent), American companies (68 percent), their own standard of living (64 percent), and creating jobs in the United States (51 percent).

“North Carolinians continue to see an active role for the U.S. in foreign affairs, particularly in the global economy,” [says HPU Poll person]. “There is a healthy skepticism about the effects of international trade on job security, but North Carolina residents overall see more benefits than costs from economic links to the world.”

 

All adults – Foreign affairs (March 2017)

Now we would like to ask you some questions about foreign affairs issues. Do you think it will be best for the future of the country if we take an active part in world affairs, or if we stay out of world affairs?

Active part – 64 percent

Stay out – 26 percent

(Don’t know/Refuse) – 9 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed March 25 – 30, 2017, n = 416 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.8 percent)

 

All adults – World safer or more dangerous for U.S. (March 2017)

Thinking about current U.S. relations with the rest of the world, would you say that the world is becoming safer or more dangerous for the U.S. and the American people?

Safer – 12 percent

More dangerous – 79 percent

(Don’t know/Refuse) – 9 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed March 25 – 30, 2017, n = 416 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.8 percent)

 

All adults – Globalization (March 2017)

Do you believe that globalization, especially the increasing connections of our economy with others around the world is mostly good or mostly bad for the United States?

Mostly good – 54 percent

Mostly bad –   35 percent

(Don’t know/Refuse) – 11 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed March 25 – 30, 2017, n = 416 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.8 percent)

 

All adults – International Trade (March 2017)

I am going to read a list of things that might be affected by international trade. For each one, please let me know whether you think international trade is good or bad for that group overall.

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed March 25 – 30, 2017, n = 416 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.8 percent)

 

All adults – Foreign Policy Goals (March 2017)

How effective do you think each of the following approaches is to achieving the foreign policy goals of the United States: very effective, somewhat effective, not very effective or not effective at all?

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed March 25 – 30, 2017, n = 416 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.8 percent)

 

The most recent HPU Poll was fielded by live interviewers at the High Point University Survey Research Center calling on March 25 through 30, 2017. The responses from a sample of all North Carolina counties came from 416 adults with landline or cellular telephones. The survey has an estimated margin of sampling error of approximately 4.8 percentage points for all adult respondents. The data is weighted toward population estimates for cellular and landline telephone use, age, gender, and race. In addition to sampling error, factors such as question wording and other methodological choices in conducting survey research can introduce additional error into the findings of opinion polls. Details from this survey are available at http://www.highpoint.edu/src/files/2017/04/52memoA.pdf

Further results and methodological details from the most recent survey and past studies can be found at the Survey Research Center website at http://www.highpoint.edu/src/. The materials online include past press releases as well as memos summarizing the findings (including approval ratings) for each poll since 2010.

The HPU Poll reports methodological details in accordance with the standards set out by AAPOR’s Transparency Initiative, and the HPU Survey Research Center is a Charter Member of the Initiative. For more information, see

http://transparency.aapor.org/index.php/transparency.

You can follow the HPU Poll on Twitter at https://twitter.com/HPUSurveyCenter.

Dr. Martin Kifer, associate professor of political science, serves as the director of the HPU Poll, and Brian McDonald serves as the associate director of the HPU Poll.

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