American Attitudes Toward the UN

6 in 10 believe the UN supports America’s objectives around the world.

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 2021, found that Americans are keen on having the UN respond to global crises and want the U.S. to remain engaged in the organization. In particular, voters overwhelmingly believe important functions of the United Nations today are to help stop the spread of COVID-19 overseas in poor and developing countries (82 percent) and provide humanitarian support on the ground in Afghanistan (90 percent). This holds true across party lines.

Even as Americans continue to grapple with the economic impacts of COVID-19 at home, majorities of voters continue to support the U.S. paying our dues for the UN regular budget (63 percent favor) and for UN peacekeeping (68 percent favor) on time and in full.

Americans also remained overwhelmingly united in their belief that the U.S. needs to maintain an active role in the UN, with 84 percent of voters saying this is “very important” or “somewhat important.”