• Americans are increasingly concerned about foreign policy, a new Associated Press-NORC poll finds.
  • Some 4 in 10 US adults named foreign policy when asked for 5 issues the government should focus on.
  • That’s twice as many as last year, though the economy continues to overshadow all other priorities.

Americans increasingly believe foreign policy should be a top focus for the US government this year, a new Associated Press poll shows.

The economy continues to hold steady as American’s’ highest priority. When asked to name up to five topics the government should work on in 2024, three out of four US adults polled picked the economy as one of their choices, a level of concern that has held steady since last year.

But concerns about issues like immigration and international affairs, while priorities for a smaller percentage of Americans, are clearly rising, according to the poll, conducted in December by The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

About 40 percent of US adults named foreign policy as a priority for 2024, about twice as many as did so the previous December.

About 20 percent said the government should focus on US involvement in conflicts overseas, up from 5 percent a year ago.

The poll shows that the Israeli-Hamas war is beginning to fuel public concern, with 5 percent of respondents mentioning the conflict as something the government should focus on. Nearly no one cited the region as a concern a year ago.

Four percent of those polled mentioned the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine as something the government should focus on, down from 6 percent a year ago.

Republicans were more likely than Democrats to name foreign policy as a priority. Some 46 percent of GOP voters did so, up from 23 percent last year.

Only 34 percent of Democrats named foreign policy as a topic they hoped Washington would focus on this year, but that’s still up from 16 percent a year ago.

The poll also found concerns about immigration rose to 35 percent from 27 percent last year. A slight majority of Republicans, 55 percent, said the government needs to focus on immigration in 2024, as compared with 22 percent of Democrats.

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