American Public Vastly Overestimates Amount of U.S. Foreign Aid

A poll conducted by the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) at the University of Maryland shows Americans continue to vastly overestimate the amount of foreign assistance given by the United States. The poll finds the median estimate of the percentage of the federal budget most Americans think is spent on foreign aid is 25%.  When asked how much would be appropriate to spend on foreign assistance, the median response is 10%.   In fact, only a little over 1% of the federal budget currently goes to foreign assistance. This poll was done by the Wold Public Opinion project:



Even in light of discussions taking place on how to reduce the federal deficit, these results suggest most Americans would support spending much more on foreign aid than what is currently being spent.

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