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Blog Examines Kaiser Family Foundation Survey On Americans' Views Of U.S. Global Health Efforts

Highlighting the findings of a Kaiser Family Foundation survey released on Monday that examines Americans’ views on U.S. global health efforts, journalist Tom Paulson writes in KPLU’s “Humanosphere” blog, “The news media … largely ignored this but it deserves more attention.” He briefly summarizes the findings by writing, “[M]ost Americans don’t know how little we spend on foreign aid,” but “once Americans know how little we spend on foreign aid many say we should spend more.” Finally, he says the report found that “most Americans think we should work with others internationally … rather than try to do things on our own.” He concludes that the survey “includes some critical analysis and not always good news. But on the whole, it’s evidence that Americans do want to play a big role in making the world a better place — and evidence, if we needed it, of how disconnected the political dialogue has become from reality” (5/24).

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