We commend Brett Schaefer for correctly pointing out, in his recent NRO article, that the two polls he is comparing — the February 2013 Gallup poll and the bipartisan poll that we at Public Opinion Strategies (POS) and Hart Research Associates conducted on behalf of the Better World Campaign (BWC) — asked different questions.
The point BWC makes in its press release remains true and positive for the United Nations: The U.N.’s favorable image has improved since October 2012 and is at its highest point since April 2010.
Our previous polling data this year shared other questions, such as the one listed below, which describe how Americans feel about the U.N.’s job performance:
Overall, how effective do you feel the United Nations is? Do you think the United Nations is . . . a very effective organization, is it pretty effective, only somewhat effective, not that effective, or not at all effective?
Although there is a range of opinion about whether the U.N. is effective as an organization, today, Americans overwhelmingly see the importance of U.S. active involvement in the U.N. (88 percent important), including significant majorities of Republicans (78 percent), independents (85 percent), and Democrats (99 percent).
And it is clear that Americans believe the U.N. is still relevant and needed today (71 percent), which again is true among majorities of each party (percent who think the U.N. is still needed today: Republicans, 53 percent; independents, 73 percent; Democrats, 83 percent).
— Bill McInturff and Elizabeth Harrington are partners at Public Opinion Strategies, a national political and public-affairs survey research firm representing over 75 Republican members of Congress. Geoff Garin is president of Hart Research Associates, which conducts research for many Democratic officeholders.