Nebraska Students Are Divided On U.S. Foreign Policy

High school students from across Nebraska were strongly divided in choosing the most appropriate U.S. policy for dealing with foreign policy issues including immigration, environment, terrorism, poverty and human rights. Results were compiled from the 19th Capitol Forum on America’s future, sponsored by Nebraska Humanities and Secretary of State John Gale.

Thirty-four percent of participating students preferred a foreign policy that focused on international cooperation by diplomacy, treaties, trade and U.S. leadership of the United Nations to deal with security and global problems. Thirty-three percent advocated for cutting back on foreign involvement and primarily dealing with internal challenges of America.

Twenty-one percent of students preferred a policy that focused on homeland security. The least favored policy favored by 12 percent of the students calls for the U.S. to build a vibrant international economy that strengthens democracy abroad by following American political and economic principles.