The East-West Center has published an illuminating analysis comparing U.S. public and elite opinion at the state and local levels regarding America’s interactions with the Indo-Pacific region. Questions addressed in this survey include issues pertaining to economy, security, politics, people-to-people connections as well as to what extent Americans believe Asia matters to the United States.
The objective of this project is to gain insights both on American public opinion of U.S.-Indo-Pacific relations but also on comparative differences between U.S. voters and those of elite U.S. decision makers in the private and public sectors. By taking the pulse of these two groups, at the state and local levels, this report serves to shed light on areas in which U.S. domestic attention can be drawn to the importance of the Indo-Pacific in U.S. policy and public diplomacy.
This project is part of the East-West Center’s flagship Asia Matters for America initiative, which maps the trade, investment, employment, business, diplomacy, security, education, tourism, and people-to-people connections between the United States and the Indo-Pacific at the national, state, and local levels. This public opinion component of the initiative complements the data and analytical findings of its various Asia Matters publications.