- The Washington Times - Friday, August 29, 2014

A plurality of Americans say the United States plays too big a role in solving global problems — though support is growing for the nation to have a tougher stance in foreign affairs, a new poll shows.

With the Obama administration considering military action against the Islamic State in the Middle East, a Pew Research poll released this week showed that 39 percent believe the nation is doing too much on the world stage, compared to 31 percent who say it is doing too little and 24 percent who say the nation is playing its proper role.

That marks a change since November 2013 when 51 percent said the United States was doing too much on foreign affairs and 17 percent said they did too little.

The poll, though, also showed that more than half of those surveyed — 54 percent — said that Mr. Obama is not tough enough in its approach to foreign policy and national security issues, while 36 percent say his approach is “about right.” Another 3 percent say he is too tough.