WASHINGTON, D.C. -- At the dawn of a new decade, changes in U.S. foreign relations are unfolding at a breakneck pace. In just the first couple months of 2020, two major foreign trade deals have been signed, the U.S. killed an Iranian military commander in a drone strike, the U.S and Taliban have signed a partial truce in the Afghanistan War, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union has been fired, and Congress has attempted to limit the president's war powers.
President Donald Trump has met with foreign leaders from Greece, Israel, Kenya and the Venezuelan opposition leader. Meanwhile, a large crop of Democratic candidates seeks to unseat him in the upcoming election -- each with different outlooks from Trump on U.S. military, diplomacy and trade decisions.
This is a key moment in global affairs and a critical time to measure U.S. public opinion. Gallup's annual World Affairs survey, conducted each February, sheds light on how Americans perceive their country's role in the world across a wide range of measures.
Stay tuned for Gallup's World Affairs series, when Gallup will release its latest findings and updated trends on the following topics:
Week of Feb. 24:
- Views on foreign trade: opportunity for economic growth or threat to the U.S. economy?
- Ratings of the new USMCA trade agreement with Canada and Mexico and views on whether NAFTA has been good or bad for the U.S.
- Perceptions of whether world leaders respect President Trump
Week of March 2:
- What country Americans consider to be the greatest enemy to the U.S. today
- U.S. favorable ratings of foreign countries
Week of March 9:
Views on the job performance of the United Nations and what kind of role Americans would like it to play in world affairs
Week of March 16:
- Views on the strength of the U.S. military and how much the U.S. spends on national defense
- Support for establishing an independent Palestinian state on the West Bank and Gaza Strip and where Americans' sympathies lie in the Israeli-Palestinian situation
Check back here or at news.gallup.com for the latest updates from the series. Reporters seeking embargoed copies of these findings can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.