The United Nations and American Public Opinion

The following post was originally published on Duck of Minerva, and is cross-posted from Martin Edwards, professor at Seton Hall’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations. Martin’s website is here.

How do Americans think about the United Nations? The results of recent surveys by the Pew Research Global Attitudes Project and the Better World Campaign offer some insights on this question. These organizations have tracked opinions on the United Nations since 2004 and 2009, and the findings are based on random samples of adults and registered voters, respectively. One of the findings in both surveys is that there are partisan differences in the opinions of Americans regarding the United Nations. A finding in the Better World Campaign survey helps us to better understand why these partisan differences exist.

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Money Talks: Midwest Businesses Support Immigration Reform

By Dina Smeltz and Juliana Kerr

This morning, President Obama delivered a speech to the nation encouraging Congress to pass immigration reform before the end of the year. After quoting economic statistics to describe the positive impact reform will have on the nation, he noted “it is not just the right thing to do, but it is also the smart thing to do.” Citing broad support for reform from different sectors of society, including business leaders, he asked the nation to take a closer look at the polls: a clear majority of Americans think we should pass reforms.

The business community is traditionally considered to be politically conservative. Yet business leaders are generally viewed by activists to be a strong ally for immigration reform unlike conservatives in the House who oppose debating the Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill. Businesses need skilled workers to remain competitive and they want to be able to legally employ hard-working individuals with necessary talents no matter where they come from.

To better understand the views of business leaders in the Midwest region – a particularly challenging region for immigration advocacy – toward immigrants and immigration policies, their hiring practices, and the correlation with their political affiliations, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs commissioned a September 2013 survey among 500 Midwestern business leaders from small (0-100 employees), medium (101-999 employees) and large businesses (1,000 or more employees). Continue reading