Thursday, January 26, 2012

domestic preoccupations

Many analysts noted that President Obama spent little time -- only six minutes -- on foreign policy in his State of the Union address. That's not surprising, given the heavy focus on domestic issues among the American electorate. A new Pew poll shows a drop in the number of people listing terrorism as a "top priority" for U.S. leaders.

The poll does show heightened concern over Iran.
The percentage naming Iran as the country posing the greatest danger to the U.S. has more than doubled to 28% from 12% a year ago, and it now ranks slightly higher than China. Of those following the Iran situation, 54% say the U.S. should take a firm stand against Iran’s actions, while 39% say it is more important to avoid a military conflict with Iran.
None of this is surprising, but it is worth noting.

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