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UN poll

June 25, 2007

Parade magazine’s straw poll asks: “Does the UN still matter?”

Right now, the vote is running just about 60/40.

That’s 59% no, 41% yes, as of this moment.

While more scientific polling also reveals a lot of skepticism about the UN’s ability to work well, public polling results also typically indicate significant public support for making the UN work better.

Update 6/30/07: It’s 72% no, 28% yes tonight.

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Rodger A. Payne is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Louisville. He serves on the University’s Sustainability Council and was a co-founder of the Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice program. He is the author of dozens of journal articles and book chapters and coauthor, with Nayef Samhat, of Democratizing Global Politics: Discourse Norms, International Regimes, and Political Community (SUNY, 2004). He is currently working on two major projects, one exploring the role of narratives in international politics and the other examining the implications of America First foreign policy.