For over fifteen years, the bipartisan research team of Public Opinion Strategies and Hart Research Associates have conducted research on American attitudes toward the United Nations. The latest poll, conducted in September 2020, found that voters’ views about the United Nations remain positive. As the UN celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2020, American voters reaffirmed their confidence in the international body, with 73 percent expressing that it is an organization that is still needed today. In addition, 64 percent of voters had a favorable view of the United Nations.
Americans also remained overwhelmingly united in their belief that the U.S. needs to maintain an active role in the UN, with 85 percent of voters saying this is “very important” or “somewhat important.” Moreover, six in ten voters believe the UN supports America’s objectives around the world.
Even as Americans grappled with the economic impacts of COVID-19, 68 percent of voters say the U.S. should pay our dues to the UN on time and in full and 69 percent of voters say the U.S. should pay our dues to UN Peacekeeping on time in full.
In addition, a 2020 poll conducted by Morning Consult found that when it comes to managing the response to international health crises like COVID-19, 77 percent of Americans trust the World Health Organization, above all other entities tested. In addition, four in five Americans across party lines say it is important that the U.S. work to limit the spread of coronavirus in other countries.