Poll: Should Your Party Nominate a Foreign Policy Dove or Hawk in 2016?

Peter Bell, Sarah Mimms and Michael Catalini
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Peter Bell Sarah Mimms and Michael Catalini
March 13, 2014, 5 p.m.

On bal­ance, would it prove more be­ne­fi­cial for your party to nom­in­ate a for­eign policy dove or hawk in 2016?


Dove: 47%
Hawk: 53%


“George W. Bush’s blun­ders in Ir­aq poisoned the well for mil­it­ary ac­tion.”

“Lower de­fense spend­ing and few­er wars are pluses.”

“Battle fa­tigue re­mains a prob­lem.”

“Give peace a chance.”

“Who are the hawks any­way?”

“People are tired of be­ing talked in­to shoot­ing and bomb­ing wars. We’re go­ing broke.”

“The cor­rect re­sponse would be ‘doesn’t mat­ter,’ but dove is more in line with where voters of every stripe are right now.”

“A ‘dove,’ or the base will go nuts.”

“Voters are burned-out on for­eign en­tan­gle­ments.”


“The dove-hawk thing is get­ting to be a dusty dis­tinc­tion in a com­plex world, but na­tion­al Demo­crats have to be both tough and smart.”

“Amer­ic­ans are con­flic­ted: We want to pro­ject strength, but don’t ac­tu­ally want to ac­tu­ally do any­thing about it. At least our nom­in­ee shouldn’t ap­pear ‘weak.’ “

“Prefer a rap­tor who has a strong pres­ence but knows when to choose dip­lomacy over mil­it­ary ac­tion.”

“Des­pite ced­ing ground with the Hagel nom­in­a­tion, Dems must con­tin­ue to fight against the no­tion they are weak on de­fense/se­cur­ity.”

“As the eco­nomy re­cov­ers, our isol­a­tion­ism will abate. If by hawk you mean a Demo­crat who will en­gage in the world and lead, then I think that is what is more be­ne­fi­cial to the party, the coun­try,and the world.”

“Voters will want someone who can stand up to Putin or to the next Putin.”

On bal­ance, would it prove more be­ne­fi­cial for your party to nom­in­ate a for­eign policy dove or hawk in 2016?


Dove: 7%
Hawk: 93%


“The for­eign-war brand is not a win­ner.”

“Amer­ic­an voters have no tol­er­ance for a hawk at this point.”

“Folks are over the perma-war.”

“Neither — they want some­body who is a real­ist both as to the world, our re­sources, and what is pos­sible and what is not pos­sible; but if I have to pick, I pick dove, as our in­ter­ven­tions of late have not been that suc­cess­ful.”


“While there is no ap­pet­ite to be the world’s po­lice­man in every con­flict, a strong de­fense and lead­er­ship in the world is in the Re­pub­lic­ans’ DNA.”

“War-wear­i­ness not­with­stand­ing, Re­pub­lic­ans have to ad­voc­ate peace through strength.”

“Cur­rent events prove that the world is dan­ger­ous and Obama does not know how to handle Rus­sia.”

“There’s a grow­ing con­cern that the U.S. has lost glob­al clout un­der Obama. Our nom­in­ee needs to be able to make that case.”

“For­eign policy prob­ably won’t de­term­ine the elec­tion, but our base has to feel con­fid­ence in the com­mand pres­ence of our nom­in­ee.”

“Any­thing in the wake of Obama will look hawk­ish. I sus­pect even Dem pro­spects will have dove blood spattered on their fore­heads.”

“Is Pres­id­ent Obama to the right of Rand Paul on for­eign policy? He might be.”

“There is no one on the plan­et that has a firm handle of where the U.S. stands on any giv­en for­eign policy is­sue.”

“The real ques­tion is wheth­er we should nom­in­ate an isol­a­tion­ist, and with the ter­ror­ism threats around the world the an­swer is clearly no.”

“We’ll be the laugh­ing­stock of world by then, so a hawk will do.”

… … …

Demo­crat­ic Polit­ic­al In­siders Jill Alp­er, John An­za­lone, Brad Ban­non, Dave Beat­tie, Andy Bech­hoe­fer, Cor­nell Belch­er, Matt Ben­nett, Mitchell W. Ber­ger, Mike Ber­man, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brath­waite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brew­er, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bon­nie Camp­bell, Bill Car­rick, Guy Cecil, Mar­tin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Co­hen, Jerry Craw­ford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Daniel­son, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott De­Fife, Jim De­mers, Tad Dev­ine, Dav­id Di Mar­tino, Debbie Din­gell, Mon­ica Dix­on, Patrick Dor­ton, Pat Du­jakovich, An­ita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve El­men­d­orf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Fer­son, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Fo­ley, Jef­frey For­bes, Vin­cent Fril­lici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Mi­chael Gonza­lez, Joe Grand­mais­on, Anna Green­berg, Stan Green­berg, Pat Griffin, Larry Griso­lano, Mi­chael Gron­stal, Lisa Grove, Mar­cia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Har­poot­li­an, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hat­t­away, Mike Henry, Kar­en Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Har­old Ickes, Mar­cus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jard­ing, Jona­thon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kauf­man, Lisa Koun­toupes, Celinda Lake, Dav­id Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Le­hane, Jeff Link, Bob Malo­ney, Jim Man­ley, Steve Marchand, Jim Mar­gol­is, Paul Maslin, Keith Ma­son, Susan Mc­Cue, Ger­ald McEntee, Steve McMa­hon, Tom McMa­hon, Phil Mc­Namara, Dav­id Med­ina, Mi­chael Mee­han, Mark Mell­man, John Mer­rigan, Mi­chael Mon­roe, Steve Murphy, Janet Na­pol­it­ano, Dav­id Nas­sar, Mar­cia Nich­ols, John Nor­ris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Don­nell, Jef­frey Peck, De­bora Pig­na­telli, Tony Podesta, Je­frey Pol­lock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Re­iley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ric­chetti, Will Robin­son, Steve Rosenth­al, Dav­id Rudd, Ry­an Rudom­in­er, John Ry­an, Mi­chael Sar­geant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shu­maker, Sean Sin­clair, Phil Sing­er, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thor­nell, Jef­frey Tram­mell, Ed Tur­l­ing­ton, Rick Wien­er, James Wil­li­ams, JoDee Win­ter­hof, Bri­an Wolff, Jon Young­dahl, and Jim Zo­gby.

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