Asia Matters for America: Public & Elite Opinion


East-West Center in Washington

Asia Matters for America


Washington, DC: East-West Center

Publication Date: 2022
Binding: paper
Pages: 44
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Asia Matters for America: Public & Elite Opinion


The East-West Center is pleased to present this illuminating analysis comparing US public and elite opinion at the state and local levels regarding America’s interactions with the Indo-Pacific region. Questions addressed in this survey include issues pertaining to economy, security, politics, people-to-people connections as well as to what extent Americans believe Asia matters to the United States.

The objective of this project is to gain insights both on American public opinion of US-Indo-Pacific relations but also on comparative differences between US voters and those of elite US decision makers in the private and public sectors. By taking the pulse of these two groups, at the state and local levels, this report serves to shed light on areas in which US domestic attention can be drawn to the importance of the Indo-Pacific in US policy and public diplomacy.

This project is part of the East-West Center’s flagship Asia Matters for America initiative, which maps the trade, investment, employment, business, diplomacy, security, education, tourism, and people-to-people connections between the United States and the Indo-Pacific at the national, state, and local levels. This public opinion component of the initiative complements the data and analytical findings of our various Asia Matters publications.

We thank the National Opinion Research Center of the University of Chicago for conducting this excellent survey and for providing their expert analysis of the results, and we are grateful to the more than one thousand respondents who took part from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. I particularly wish to thank East-West Center in Washington staff Mr. Spencer Gross for coordinating this project and Ms. Jeanette Simmons for providing the design for this published report.