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ABA's ICC Project/Ipsos Poll Shows Continued Growth in American Support for the ICC and its work

Polling also shows most Americans believe both military might and criminal cases are most effective way to combat terrorism

Washington, D.C. - Released on International Criminal Justice Day, the latest ABA’s ICC Project/Ipsos polling data finds a continual trend upwards in Americans knowing about the International Criminal Court (ICC) and believing that the US should support the ICC. 47% of Americans know at least “a little bit” about the ICC with 60% of millennials having “a little bit” of knowledge about the Court. The 47% number is two points higher (45%) than the previous high in awareness levels found in the July 2016 poll. This poll also showed another high with 50% of all Americans believing the US government should get more involved or fully join the ICC. Of those with some awareness of the ICC, 48% believe the US should join the ICC.

For this poll, questions were asked of Americans and their opinions on the most effective way to fight terrorism, namely through military means and/or criminal prosecutions. 52% of all Americans believe using both military force and legal cases is the most effective way of combating terrorism with 20% saying just military force and 12% saying just legal cases. For those with awareness of the ICC, 53% percent believe the combination of both tools is most effective.

For more information on the most recent ABA’s ICC Project/Ipsos poll, please visit the polling report.

The American Bar Association’s (ABA) International Criminal Court (ICC) Project is an independent initiative of the ABA Center for Human Rights that advances international criminal justice and US-ICC relations through advocacy, education and practical legal assistance. More information about the ABA’s ICC Project can be found at its website.

This poll also showed another high with 50% of all Americans believing the US government should get more involved or fully join the ICC. Of those with some awareness of the ICC, 48% believe the US should join the ICC.