Americans Grade The U.N.: 'Get It Together or Get Out'

The Foreign Policy blog linked today to a Hudson Institute poll on U.S. attitudes toward the United Nations. The highly negative evaluation of the U.N. was bi-partisan:

Democrats expressed negative evaluations of the UN performance only slightly below the national average, while Republicans were slightly above.

“We live in an era of disappointment and dismay towards our governing institutions, but the hostility towards the UN goes even deeper,” said Dr. Frank Luntz, author of the survey. “America is a politically polarized country, but when Republicans and Democrats alike both agree that the UN has failed, that’s not only instructive, it’s significant.”

The details of the poll results are encouraging — it appears that citizens have managed to understand the reality of the U.N. in spite of a strongly pro-U.N. press.