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Six in ten Americans think the president should remove U.S. troops from Afghanistan as soon as possible, according to an Pew Research Center survey in April. This includes 66 percent of Democrats and 62 percent of independents. Republicans are split – 48 percent supported removal and 45 percent backed keeping the U.S. troops in Afghanistan, possibly one reason Romney failed to mention the war in his acceptance speech.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans, meanwhile, say the United States does not have a responsibility to do something about the fighting in Syria, according to a Pew Research Center survey in March. And when asked more specific questions by CNN in mid-August, they opposed sending ground troops into Syria and were divided about establishing a no-fly zone or supplying Syrian rebels with arms. In contrast, in 2006, roughly half of Americans surveyed by the Pew Research Center said America should do something about the ethnic genocide in Darfur.However, there is no such reticence to engage internationally and to use force when U.S. national security is deemed to be at stake.

Going into the 2012 presidential election campaign, just 9 percent of Americans said they thought the president should focus on foreign policy concerns, 81 percent said he should preoccupy himself with domestic issues. Just five years ago, in 2007, 40 percent of the public put international issues at the top of their presidential agenda.This domestic preoccupation is reflected in voters’ attitudes toward specific items on the next president’s international agenda.