(CNSNews.com) - An opinion poll released on Thursday by The Conservative Caucus (TCC) finds that conservatives, overall, oppose a larger American role for the United Nations and would prefer to see the United States withdraw from that world body entirely.
Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) has introduced the "American Sovereignty Restoration Act" which, if enacted, would "terminate all participation by the United States in the United Nations." Eighty-nine percent of conservatives that were surveyed favor passage of that act while 4 percent oppose it and 7 percent were unsure.
An overwhelming 97.5 percent of American conservatives are against further United States dues payments to the United Nations while 97 percent oppose allowing United States troops to "serve under UN commanders on UN missions."
TCC Chairman Howard Phillips said in a statement that the "poll should send a message to the GOP leadership in Congress."
"Their (congressional GOP leadership) collaboration in the Clinton Administration's decision to appropriate additional funding for the UN and their failure to act in support of (US Army Sergeant) Michael New and other American servicemen ordered to become part of UN forces has shaken confidence among grass roots conservatives," Phillips said.
The poll, conducted by mail during the fall and winter of 1999-2000, included responses from more than 2,000 people.
Meanwhile, in the House, Congressman Jim Gibbons (R-NV), a member of the House Armed Services committee, criticized many of the United Nations member nations for not paying their fair share of the world body's "peacekeeping budget."
"I was pleased to learn that United Nations diplomats, for the first time in 30 years, three decades, will finally reconsider the allocation of peacekeeping costs. It's about time. Currently, 30 countries pay 98 percent of the UN's peacekeeping budget while 158 countries pay only two percent regardless of their economic performance," Gibbons said, during a speech on the House floor.
Gibbons continued, "It is the United States' share of nearly one-third of that United Nations peacekeeping overall budget that bothers most of us. Since 1973, when these proportions were established, the economies of many of the member nations have improved tremendously. Now, these nations can afford their fair share, but, unfortunately, they just don't want to."
"It's about time," Gibbons went on to say, "that the (UN) member nations pay their fair share of UN peacekeeping costs. The United States cannot afford nor should it be called upon to be the world's policeman and it's banker. The unfair UN peacekeeping payment system has punished the US and our taxpayers for too long."