Poll: View that U.N. does good job still near record lows

Gallup has released a compilation of polling data back to 1954 looking at the public's views of whether or not the U.N. is doing a good job.

The results are not favorable for the globalist organization, nor for the reformists.

Back in the early 1950s, a majority (55 percent) believed that the U.N. was doing "a good job trying to solve the problems it has had to face."  Support then declined steadily to a low of 28 percent in 1986 before rebounding back up to the 50 percent range during the 1990s and first couple years of the new millennium.

In the period after the 2003 Iraq War, positive views of the U.N. plummeted, reaching a historical low of just 26 percent in 2009.

Since 2009, the view that the U.N. is doing a good job has recovered slightly to about one third of respondents, but the post-2003 average is still in the same range as experienced during the previous period of dismal U.N. views during the 1970s and 1980s.

The most recent polling data from February of this year shows that nearly 60 percent feel the U.N. is doing a "poor job."

And yet, there appears to be little support for real reform.

Two thirds of respondents continue to believe that the U.N. plays a necessary role in the world.

The latest poll on whether the U.S. should leave the U.N. was in early 2005, and only 13 percent thought it should – with 85 percent indicating that it shouldn't.  There is no evidence of a trend toward American withdrawal from the U.N. since 1951.  Similarly, in a poll from August 2003, just 37 percent believe that the U.S. should reduce funding for the U.N.  Half felt that the current funding levels should be maintained, and 11 percent wanted to see increased funding.

For those advocating serious U.N. reforms, these results pose significant challenges.  Without the pressure of a withdrawal by one or more Western nations – or major funding cutbacks – the U.N. and its vast bureaucracy will continue along their incompetent path.  Unfortunately, the status quo appears to be in play for the foreseeable future.

Gallup has released a compilation of polling data back to 1954 looking at the public's views of whether or not the U.N. is doing a good job.

The results are not favorable for the globalist organization, nor for the reformists.

Back in the early 1950s, a majority (55 percent) believed that the U.N. was doing "a good job trying to solve the problems it has had to face."  Support then declined steadily to a low of 28 percent in 1986 before rebounding back up to the 50 percent range during the 1990s and first couple years of the new millennium.

In the period after the 2003 Iraq War, positive views of the U.N. plummeted, reaching a historical low of just 26 percent in 2009.

Since 2009, the view that the U.N. is doing a good job has recovered slightly to about one third of respondents, but the post-2003 average is still in the same range as experienced during the previous period of dismal U.N. views during the 1970s and 1980s.

The most recent polling data from February of this year shows that nearly 60 percent feel the U.N. is doing a "poor job."

And yet, there appears to be little support for real reform.

Two thirds of respondents continue to believe that the U.N. plays a necessary role in the world.

The latest poll on whether the U.S. should leave the U.N. was in early 2005, and only 13 percent thought it should – with 85 percent indicating that it shouldn't.  There is no evidence of a trend toward American withdrawal from the U.N. since 1951.  Similarly, in a poll from August 2003, just 37 percent believe that the U.S. should reduce funding for the U.N.  Half felt that the current funding levels should be maintained, and 11 percent wanted to see increased funding.

For those advocating serious U.N. reforms, these results pose significant challenges.  Without the pressure of a withdrawal by one or more Western nations – or major funding cutbacks – the U.N. and its vast bureaucracy will continue along their incompetent path.  Unfortunately, the status quo appears to be in play for the foreseeable future.