In a 2001 poll,
63% of Americans voted “When hunger is a major problem … we should send aid whether or not the US has a security interest in that region.”
Only 34% of Americans voted “We should only send aid to parts of the world where the US has security interests.”
So much for going with the will of the people.
Source: Budget perceptions: Program on International Policy Attitudes “Americans on Foreign Aid and World Hunger: A Study of U.S. Public Attitudes,”.