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.”

… … …

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