May 25, 2017

New EAGL Survey: Voters Overwhelmingly Favor Stronger U.S. Leadership in World Affairs

Americans Demand Engagement, Accountability at Global Institutions to Protect U.S. Jobs

Washington, D.C., May 25, 2017 – As President Donald Trump nears the completion of his first international trip, a new survey released today showed that more than three-fourths of registered voters believe the United States must do a better job in promoting our interests abroad.

“Voters are tired of the United States losing battles against troubling initiatives at the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and other international institutions that shut out American voices and undermine U.S. principles and interests,” said National Association of Manufacturers Vice President of International Economic Affairs Linda Dempsey. “EAGL and its members support transparent, well-run and mission-focused global institutions; yet, a growing number of initiatives in these institutions do not meet that standard and are harming manufacturing jobs and our global competitiveness.”

The survey, conducted by Morning Consult, reveals that a majority of Americans want to see greater U.S. engagement in world affairs to defend American interests and want their elected officials to demand greater accountability at the United Nations to ensure that its actions do not harm manufacturing jobs in the United States.

Major highlights of the survey include the following:
• 75 percent of voters believe the United States must keep its seat at the table in international institutions to push back against activities that harm American interests.

• 60 percent of voters say international organizations like the United Nations play a necessary role in the world today; however, 75 percent believe the United Nations needs changes, both major and minor.

• 63 percent of voters believe the United States too often is taken advantage of in world affairs.

• 76 percent of voters believe U.S. leaders need to do a better job promoting U.S. interests and policies that serve the American people.

• 65 percent of voters want U.S. leaders to demand greater accountability at the United Nations and other international organizations to ensure their actions do not harm manufacturing jobs in the United States.

“The American people expect leadership that protects American values and interests overseas, especially at international bodies like the United Nations,” Dempsey said. “It is critical that the United States remains active in world affairs, addresses today’s pressing problems and promotes America’s interests and competitiveness abroad. EAGL and our members look forward to engaging with the administration to champion the reforms necessary to ensure a United Nations that is transparent and accountable to the interests of manufacturers in America and around the world.”

Click to view the Morning Consult survey results and a summary of key findings.

About EAGL:
Comprising 21 industry associations throughout America’s dynamic manufacturing economy, Engaging America’s Global Leadership (EAGL) promotes strong U.S. leadership at the United Nations and champions outcomes in all global forums that support manufacturing and jobs.