When polled, the American public agreed with the assertion that “taking care of problems at home is more important than giving aid to foreign countries.”
But this does mean that Americans think that no aid should go overseas?
When respondents were asked what percentage of their tax dollars that go to help poor people at home and abroad … should go to help poor people in other countries, the response was 16%. (Down from a 22% response in a 1996 poll.)
Strikingly, this turns out to be a far higher percentage than is currently given.
The year this poll was taken, only about four per cent (4%) of the total spent went toward causes that in any way benefited the poor abroad. (Nowhere near the above 16 – 22%.)
Budget perceptions: Program on International Policy Attitudes “Americans on Foreign Aid and World Hunger: A Study of U.S. Public Attitudes,”.