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Just 11% Say U.S. Should Be World’s Policeman

"Being the world's policeman" is a phrase often used to suggest America is the nation chiefly responsible for peace and the establishment of democracy in the rest of the world. But just 11% of Likely U.S. Voters think that should be America’s role.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 74% disagree and say the United States should not be the world's policeman. Fifteen percent (15%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

That’s virtually unchanged from findings in September 2009.

Most voters share these views across virtually all demographic categories. But while 81% of Mainstream voters oppose the United States being the world's policeman, 30% of those in the Political Class feel it's the right role for America.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on June 12-13, 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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