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Americans Are Reluctant to Defend Any of These Allies

The United States has military defense treaties with over 50 other nations. In addition to surveys about countries regularly in the news, Rasmussen Reports has been periodically asking Americans how they feel about defending some of these treaty countries if they are attacked. On the most recent list of nine countries, American Adults don’t feel strongly about defending any of them.

The latest national telephone survey finds that New Zealand earns the highest level of support with 41% of Adults saying if the country is attacked, the United States should provide military assistance to help defend it.  But slightly more (43%) oppose providing military aid for New Zealand, while 16% are not sure.

Thirty-eight percent (38%) of Americans think we should provide military help to Belgium if they are attacked, but 47% disagree.  Sixteen percent (16%) are undecided.

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on April 22-23, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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