Joseph S. Nye, Jr. a Harvard professor, has a column about President Trump that includes this paragraph:
Trump's anti-interventionism is relatively popular, but his narrow, transactional definition of US interests, and his skepticism about alliances and multilateral institutions, is not reflective of majority opinion. Since 1974, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs has asked the public whether America should take an active part or stay out of world affairs. Roughly a third of the American public has been consistently isolationist, reaching a high point of 41% in 2014. Contrary to conventional wisdom, however, 64% favored active involvement by the time of the 2016 election, and that number rose to a high of 70% by 2018.
That seems to me an example of a false dichotomy and a non sequitur. "Active" or "stay out" is a false dichotomy. The interesting questions are in the gray areas, concerning precisely how active. No one, least of all President Trump, is suggesting that America close all of its foreign embassies and overseas military bases or bring the entire Navy home to U.S. ports. Trump and his administration have taken an active part in world affairs by, among other things, mediating peace between Israel and the United Arab Emirates; seeking a nuclear deal with North Korea, renegotiating a trade agreement with Mexico and Canada, and urging our European allies to increase their military budgets as part of NATO burden-sharing. Nye claims that "skepticism about...multilateral institutions is not reflective of majority opinion." However, Gallup has for some time asked "Do you think the United Nations is doing a good job or a poor job in trying to solve the problems it has had to face?" "Poor job" has been the majority view among American respondents since 2003. The most recent poll, in February 2020, found 43% for "good job," 54% for "poor job," with 4% "no opinion."