While it is not unusual for the public to prioritize domestic over foreign policy, the balance of opinion today — 71% to11% in favor of domestic — is particularly one-sided. Just last January, nearly a third of Americans (31%) said the focus should be on foreign policy. Republicans were evenly split last January (45% to 45%) on the question of domestic versus foreign policy, creating a 17-point gap with Democrats in prioritizing domestic policy. That gap has been cut in half a year later, and now Democrats, independents and Republicans generally agree that it is more important for President Obama to focus on domestic policy than on foreign policy Read More

Russell Heimlich  is a former web developer at Pew Research Center.