Statistics on International Intervention

Most people around the world agree that the international community should intervene to stop a genocide:

genocide right to intervene

genocide right to intervene

(source, data from 2007)

More on R2P (responsibility to protect) here. And this is public opinion about intervention in Darfur:

public opinion on the ICCs indictment of Bashir

public support for humanitarian intervention in Darfur

(source)

There’s less support for intervention to promote democracy. Here are the views of Americans:

responsibility to promote democracy

(source)

change dictatorship into democracy

(source)

When faced with a wording that’s somewhat more modest, Americans are more interventionist:

public opinion on the use of military force to maintain order in the world

(source)

Regarding international intervention as a means to protect human rights abroad, Americans are more positive. A very large majority of US citizens believes that promoting human rights is an important priority for US foreign policy. Majorities feel that promoting human rights serves US interests. Denying human rights is seen as leading to political instability, and a majority believes that using US military forces to remove a government that is abusing human rights is justified. A majority also supports using foreign aid as a means of promoting human rights (source).

US public opinion on human rights intervention

Americans, when it comes to international intervention, are also unilateralists:

public opinion on UN approval for the use of military force

We we remove the words “human rights” from the wording of the question we get a different picture:

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Engagement-02

This is also more negative:

Engagement-05

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