US Public Largely Opposes Cuts in US Contributions to UN

    The majority of the U.S. public are not in favor of a reform proposal being considered at the House of Representatives that would reduce U.S. contributions to the United Nations by 50 percent and end the country’s funding for UNICEF and the World Health Organization, among others, a bipartisan opinion poll commissioned by the U.N. Foundation and the Better World Campaign group has shown.

    According to the poll, which was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies and Hart Research Associates, 55 percent of U.S. citizens are not in favor of the reform proposal while 39 percent support it. Of those who said they are not in favor of the bill, 37 percent voiced strong opposition to it while only 21 percent of respondents who said they favor it voiced strong support, the U.N. Foundation noted.

    The poll also looked at public opinion about U.S. engagement in the United Nations and found that 86 percent of U.S. citizens said they think it is important for the country to remain strongly involved in the global organization. At least 64 percent of the U.S. public also expressed support for the timely and full payment of U.S. dues to the United Nations, the survey showed.

    The results of this latest opinion poll is consistent with the two groups’ past polls, which also showed strong U.S. public support for the United Nations. “This polling once again shows that Americans do not want to see the United States go back into debt at the United Nations. While misguided legislation in Congress would cause America to forfeit our leadership at the UN, we see time and time again that the majority of voters across the political spectrum believe the U.S. should have an active role within the UN,” UNF President Timothy Wirth said.

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    • Ivy Mungcal

      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.