60% of Americans think the submarine deal between the US, UK, and Australia will positively affect global security

A new Emerson College poll, commissioned by the Association of Marshall Scholars, measures American attitudes toward strategic alliances, international partnerships, and overseas learning. (n=1,001).

Key Takeaways:

  • The majority (52%) of respondents think the United Kingdom is the most valuable ally and strategic partner of the United States. Canada is seen as the most valuable ally and strategic partner by 21% of Americans, followed by China (6%), Germany (5%), France (4%), Australia (3%), and Italy (1%).
  • Respondents were split between China (29%) and the UK (28%) as the most attractive for American business and trade opportunities. Twenty-four (24%) of respondents say Canada; no other country reaches double digit-support.
  • A combined 93% of respondents think the strong alliance between the US and UK is very important (65%) or somewhat important (28%).
  • Seventy-six percent (76%) believe the US-UK alliance is more important in 2021 than it was five years ago. Fourteen percent (14%) view it as less important, and 11% were unsure or did not have an opinion.
  • Among the options of offshore energy and wind production, clean power, coastline erosion, forest, and ecosystem restoration, zero-emission vehicles, developing countries’ financial support, and ocean sustainability, the plurality (27%) of respondents would like to see the US and UK collaborate on clean power initiatives.
  • Sixty percent (60%) of respondents think the submarine deal between the US, UK, and Australia will positively affect global security, while 19% think it will negatively affect global security.
  • Thirty-eight percent (38%) of Americans think the United Kingdom was adequately consulted before the United States withdrew from Afghanistan last month, whereas 37% think they were not adequately consulted.

Data was weighted by US general population parameters. The margin of error for the sample is +/- 3% in 19 of 20 cases. The survey was administered by contacting landline telephones via IVR, cell phones via text message, and online panel. Data was collected between September 28-October 1, 2021.