A new poll released by the Better World Campaign shows that Americans support paying overdue UN Peacekeeping dues "to raise U.S. credibility" and to be "consistent with American values."
WASHINGTON, May 31, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Democrats and Republicans agree that the U.S. should pay dues owed to the UN peacekeeping budget, according to a new poll released by the Better World Campaign and conducted by Morning Consult.
There is strong alignment across parties, with 87% of Democrats and 75% of Republicans believing the U.S. should pay "immediately" or "over time."
Majorities in both parties say it's important for the U.S. to pay off its dues "to raise U.S. credibility" and to be "consistent with American values."
"Americans understand that our credibility on the world stage depends largely on us following through on our debt obligations," said Peter Yeo, President of the Better World Campaign. "Paying our assessed and agreed upon dues strengthens our position and favorability in the world and ensures that other nations aren't forced to shoulder the burden our arrears have created."
As of 2023, the U.S. owes more than $1.1 billion to UN peacekeeping missions.
These arrears have grown over time because the U.S. Congress has arbitrarily capped American contributions at 25% of the UN peacekeeping budget, which is less than our assessed amount of 27%.
In other survey findings, a majority of Democrats and Republicans say the U.S. should help the UN replace peacekeeping assets withdrawn by Ukraine after the Russian attack.
Overall, less than half of Americans felt they understood UN peacekeeping, believing the U.S. provides more than 500 troops. The actual number is 35 — far fewer than the 2,258 personnel provided by China.
Kathryn Kross, Better World Campaign, 2028628577, [email protected]
SOURCE Better World Campaign