Poll Shows Majority of American Voters Want a Strong U.S.- UN Relationship

Data Shows Support for UN’s Peacekeeping Operations, Work to Improve Health and Stop Child Marriage

May 3, 2012
Washington — New bipartisan polling data released today by the United Nations Foundation and the Better World Campaign, demonstrates that the majority of American voters support a strong relationship between the United States and the United Nations. More than 8 in 10 American voters say it is important for the U.S. to maintain an active role in the UN, and 64 percent of those polled favor the U.S. paying its dues on time and in full.

“Our network of Chapters works every day to make sure that their friends, neighbors, and elected officials know the real story, that there is strong support for U.S. engagement at the United Nations,” said Patrick Madden, Executive Director of UNA-USA. “Despite a wealth of misinformation about Americans’ views on the UN, this polling shows that people in the United States care about the UN and its impact.”


Key highlights of the research, conducted by noted bipartisan firms Public Opinion Strategies and Hart Research Associates, include:


  • 93 percent believe it is important for the U.S. to be a member of the World Health Organization;
  •  75 percent value U.S. funding to UN peacekeeping operations;
  •  89 percent believe the U.S. should be supportive of UN programs that improve the health care, education, livelihood, and rights for women and girls; and
  •  81 percent think it is important for the U.S. to be involved in efforts to stop child marriage in poor, developing countries.

Click here to read the memo detailing the full results of the polling.


The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), a program of the UN Foundation, is a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire, and mobilize the American people to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations. UNA-USA works to accomplish its mission through its national network of chapters, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events. UNA-USA and its sister organization the Better World Campaign are the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world. For more information on UNA-USA, visit www.unausa.org.


About the UN Foundation
The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.


About the Better World Campaign
The Better World Campaign (BWC), an initiative of the Better World Fund, works to strengthen the relationship between the United States and the United Nations. It encourages U.S. leadership to enhance the UN’s ability to carry out its invaluable international work on behalf of peace, progress, freedom, and justice. For more information, visit www.betterworldcampaign.org.




Joseph Catapano
United Nations Association of the USA
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Rebecca Einhorn
Better World Campaign
(202) 887-9040

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