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Poll: More Now Say U.S. Should Step Up Role in Foreign Affairs

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The percentage of Americans who believe the United States should become more active in world affairs has increased in the months since international events – including the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria – have become major stories, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds.

Still, a plurality of respondents want the U.S. to be less active in world affairs, but that number is down from April.

According to the NBC/WSJ poll, 40 percent want the United States to be less active in international affairs; 27 percent want to be more active; and 29 percent want it to stay at its current level.

But that's a change since April, when 47 percent wanted the country to be less active; just 19 percent wanted it to be more active; and 30 percent wanted it to stay the same.

The change has come primarily from Republican respondents, who favor more activity over less activity in world affairs by a 41 percent-to-34 percent margin.

By comparison, just 15 percent of Democrats want the United States to be more active in foreign affairs.

The rest of the NBC/WSJ poll – which was conducted Sept. 3-7 of 1,000 registered voters and has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.1 percentage points – will be released at 6:30 pm ET.

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