By Joshua Keating
Sept. 12, 2013
“A common trope of the Syria debate has been that following the experience of the Bush administration, Americans are in a more realist mood – willing to support military action only when U.S. national security is directly threatened.
But as the chart from the Pew Research Center above indicates, unlike some of their leaders, Americans weren’t all that interested in democracy promotion during the Bush administration either In fact they’ve gotten slightly more supportive of the goal under Obama’s presidency, though presumably not of using military force to accomplish it. Americans are even more opposed (72 percent against) when asked specifically if the United States should “try to change a dictatorship to a democracy where it can”. Democracy promotion is evidently something Americans only like in the abstract, and even then not that much.”