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Trump Thinks America Should Go It Alone. Americans Disagree.

Polling shows three major fault lines between the parties on foreign policy.

Going it alone.

Going it alone.

Photographer: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

After nearly four years of President Donald Trump, are Americans still broadly committed to a globally engaged foreign policy? Or have they become dangerously polarized on issues of how the U.S. should approach the world — and even of how the country should see itself? The answer, according to a new survey by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, appears to be “both.”

Fears that Americans would flee headlong into isolationism under Trump have so far proved mostly unfounded. Yet there have emerged key areas of disagreement between Democrats and Republicans, which could cause instability in America’s dealings with an unsettled world.