Poll: Women Emphasize Diplomacy
Jun. 06, 2000
UNITED NATIONS (AP) _ More American women than men believe in emphasizing international cooperation and diplomacy over military action, a nationwide poll revealed Monday.
Some 69 percent of American women surveyed in the poll believe global problems make it necessary for the United States to work with other countries through international institutions like the United Nations, compared to 61 percent of American men.
Furthermore, nearly 10 percent more women than men _ 43 percent to 34 percent _ believe the United States should emphasize diplomacy over military action in international policy, the poll reported. And half the women surveyed believe the United States should increase or maintain the attention it devotes to international issues.
The poll, carried out by Belden Russonello and Stewart, was sponsored by A Women's Lens on Global Issues, a project of the Aspen Institute. The polling firm interviewed 1,500 women and 701 men by telephone. The margin of error was 2.2 percentage points.
``What this poll tells us is that American women are aware and interested and recognize that the safety of their home or hearth is intimately connected to what happens in other countries,'' said Joan Dunlop, director of the project.
``Women's concept of security is based on cooperation, not conflict, and on international agreement, not aggression,'' she said.
The results of the poll were announced at the United Nations on the first day of a U.N. General Assembly special session to review progress in seeking women's equality worldwide. The session is a follow-up to the 1995 U.N. conference on women in Beijing.
The poll asked respondents to choose areas of U.S. action in the world. It said a majority of women would give priority to preventing child diseases, while close to half would push for equal education for girls and making birth control available.
U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a New York Democrat, called the poll ``good news'' for those who want American women's support for the U.N. Population Fund's international family planning programs and for payment of U.S. dues to the United Nations.