For the first time since 1974 the majority of Americans believe that the United States plays a less important and powerful role in the world than it did a decade ago, a Pew survey published on Tuesday suggests.
Fifty-three percent of the public felt the US played a less important role as a world leader than a decade previously.
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Only 20% of Americans held this belief 10 years ago.
More than half of Americans - 52% - for the first time in 50 years - said the US should "mind its own business."
The survey also found that 70% of Americans saw the US as less respected than in the past, nearly the same (71%) as under President George W. Bush.
Asked about President Barack Obama's presidency, 56% of respondents expressed disapproval of his foreign policy.
The survey also suggested that the American public would like to see the administration scale back its involvement in world affairs. Some 51% of respondents said the US does "too much" to solve world problems.
Asked about the US's role in the Middle East peace process, 39% said that US should be less involved in seeking to resolve the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
Some 36% thought Washington's current level of engagement in that issue was enough.
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