While jobs and the economy remain their primary concerns, a strong majority of voters in the swing states of Ohio and Florida say they are interested in America’s relations with other countries heading into Monday night’s foreign policy debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney, according to a new survey.
The poll found that 61% of Florida voters called foreign affairs one of the most important or a "very important" issue, while 59% of Ohio voters reached the same conclusion.
Voters are closely divided, though, on whether the U.S. should pay more or less attention to foreign relations compared to the situation at home. In Florida, 48% of those surveyed wanted to pay less attention to problems overseas compared to domestic matters, while 45% felt the opposite. In Ohio, in a mild contrast, 51% preferred an active U.S. overseas compared with 42% who wanted the balance of attention to be on domestic affairs.
A Democratic and a Republican pollster worked together to complete the survey for the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.