Inside the Beltway: Public frets that U.S. global prestige is fading

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81 percent say protecting the jobs of American workers is a top policy priority.

73 percent say preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction is a top priority.

61 percent say reducing dependence on imported energy sources is a top priority.

57 percent cite combatting international drug trafficking, 48 percent cite reducing illegal immigration.

37 percent cite addressing global climate change, 33 percent cite defending human rights in other countries.

23 percent cite improving living standards overseas, 18 percent cite promoting democracy in other nations.

Source: Pew Research Center’s “America’s Place in the World” survey of 2,003 U.S. adults conducted Oct. 30 to Nov. 6 and released Tuesday.

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