18 February 2016

Economic power is seen at root of US strength in the world


“Which of the following factors do you believe is most important to maintaining American strength in the world?”

That was the question we put to YouGov’s First Verdict a few days ago and we gave respondents the option of choosing the three factors that they thought were most important. The top three choices were economic power with 52%, then military power with 43% and then schools and colleges with 35%:

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Strong families scored just 22% and religious faith just 19% – suggesting America is not as socially conservative as much of the world might think.

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Tim Montgomerie is Editor of Portrait of America