The Pew Research Center and the Council on Foreign Relations released a new poll stating that the citizens of the United States are becoming more isolationist, as well as a number of other findings. You can read the whole story here, and the actual link to Pew is here.
The results are interesting, and I recommend checking them out, but what caught my eye was this:
Two-thirds of Americans say that there is less international respect for the United States than in the past. When asked why, strong majorities – 71 percent of the public, 88 percent of opinion leaders –cite the war in Iraq.
Who are these opinion leaders, and how does Pew define them? As it turns out, Pew provides an answer:
The results of the opinion leaders survey are based on Americans who are influential in their chosen field. The sample was designed to represent these influentials in eight professional areas of expertise: media; foreign affairs; national security; state and local government; university administration and think tanks; religious organizations; science and engineering; and military. Every effort was made to make the sample as representative of the leadership of each particular field as possible. However, because the goal of the survey was to identify people of particular power or influence, the sampling was purposive in overall design, but systematic with regard to respondent selection wherever possible.
Just something I thought was interesting.