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Trump Voters and Millennials Agree on the Importance of the UN, New Poll Finds


Washington, D.C. (Oct. 19, 2017) — Exactly one month after President Trump and Ambassador Nikki Haley’s first appearance at the United Nations General Assembly, a new bipartisan poll released today by the Better World Campaign finds that 65 percent of Republicans and specifically 58 percent of Trump voters agree the UN is still needed today. Similarly, among millennial voters, 86 percent also agreed with that sentiment, making support for the UN one area that millennials and Trump voters agree on.

Even amid a tight fiscal environment, 53 percent of Trump voters support paying our dues to UN Peacekeeping, a budget line-item that has been under particular scrutiny this year.  Millennial support for this issue is even stronger, with 84 percent in favor of paying our UN regular dues and 83 percent favor paying our UN Peacekeeping dues.

“The poll’s findings prove that voters from red states and blue states, young and old, understand the value of the UN to American interests,” says Peter Yeo, President of the Better World Campaign.

Support for the UN among millennials was overwhelmingly positive across the board. Specifically, 75 percent of millennial voters believe the UN supports America’s goals and objectives around the world. Moreover, more than 92 percent of millennial voters agreed that “it is important for the U.S. to maintain an active role in the UN.”

“The largest generation in the U.S. overwhelmingly agrees that the UN is a positive force for good and that the organization’s efforts ultimately support American objectives around the world,” added Yeo.

Chris Whatley, Executive Director for the United Nations Association of the United States adds, “The poll’s findings among millennial voters are in line with what we’re experiencing with UNA-USA, where we’ve seen explosive growth among new members under the age of 25.”

The nationwide poll of registered voters was conducted September 30 through October 3, 2017 by the bipartisan research team of Public Opinion Strategies and Hart Research Associates with a margin of error of ± 3.46 percent. The bipartisan research team has conducted UN-related polling for more than a decade.

Click here for an executive summary. Click here for the full results.

About the Better World Campaign

The Better World Campaign works to foster a strong relationship between the U.S. and the UN to promote core American interests and build a more secure, prosperous, and healthy world. The Better World Campaign engages policymakers, the media, and the American public alike to increase awareness of the critical role played by the UN in world affairs and the importance of constructive U.S.-UN relations.


The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire, and mobilize the American people to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. For 70 years, UNA-USA has worked to accomplish its mission through its national network of Chapters, youth engagement, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events. UNA-USA is a program of the United Nations Foundation. UNA-USA and its sister organization the Better World Campaign represent the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world.

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