The vast majority of the American public is very supportive of efforts to alleviate world hunger and poverty.
An overwhelming 87% favored the US “giving food and medical assistance to people in needy countries”.
As to which countries we would judge preferable to give foreign aid to:
59% of Americans choose “countries with poorest economies”
23% of Americans choose “countries important to US security”
13% of Americans choose “countries needed by the US as trade partners”
Unfortunately, the real figures for US foreign aid do not in any way reflect the desires of the American public.
Budget perceptions: Program on International Policy Attitudes “Americans on Foreign Aid and World Hunger: A Study of U.S. Public Attitudes,”.