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Special feature: American public opinion on aid in the Trump era
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Special feature: American public opinion on aid in the Trump era

Authors John Norris and Pete Troilo conclude their three-part series on the history of development with a discussion of how U.S. foreign aid programs can use messaging to survive the Trump presidency.

WASHINGTON — In this series on the history of development, we are examining more than 60 years of polling on opinions toward aid to better understand effective messaging, common misperceptions the public has about development, and some myths the development community has about public opinion. In part one, we explored the often surprising history of how the American public has viewed aid programs. In part two, we examined how messaging shapes the way the public reacts to assistance.

So now comes the question on most readers minds: what does this wealth of polling data tell us about the public’s opinion of foreign assistance during the Trump presidency? And perhaps more importantly, what can and should the development community do about it?

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John Norris

Senior Fellow; Executive Director, Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative

Pete Troilo