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Water Cooler

70 percent of Americans say U.S. has lost world respect; 80 percent of GOP, 56 percent of Democrats agree

It's complicated: The public is weary of the U.S. role as the world's policeman, but it also frets about the nation's declining prestige on the global stage and disapproves of both President's foreign policy practices and any attempts at nation building overseas. Yet Americans approve of aggressive participation in the world economy and favor drones in the military arsenal.