60% of Americans Say UN Is Doing a Poor Job

By Michael Morris | March 8, 2018 | 9:23am EST
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A majority of Americans (60%) say the United Nations (“U.N.”) is doing a poor job of trying to solve the problems it has had to face.

According to a recent Gallup survey, about one in three Americans (34%) say the U.N. is doing a good job, “matching the average for this measure since 2010. Six in 10 Americans currently say the U.N. is doing a poor job.” Five percent say they have no opinion on the matter.


The 2018 Feb. 1-10 survey is the 22nd time a majority of Americans have said the U.N. is doing a poor job, as can be seen from the survey data. In fact, since 2003, with the exception of the 2013 survey (50%), a majority of Americans have said that the U.N. is doing a poor job.

“The U.N. has not generally received high marks from Americans in Gallup's polling on the question, which began in 1953,” notes Gallup. However, on six separate occasions a majority of Americans have said that the UN is doing a good job: “in 1953, when it was about a decade old; in two polls that bookended the Gulf War in the early 1990s; and in three polls in the early 2000s. Americans' approval of the U.N. was at its highest in February 2002 (58%), months after the 9/11 attacks.”

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