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Bureau of International Organization Affairs
April 1, 2012

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VOTING COINCIDENCE WITH THE UNITED STATES

This section contains a table of the Plenary votes that were recorded at the Fall session of the 66th UN General Assembly. In those 95 Plenary votes, the United States voted Yes 38 times (40 percent) and No 47 times (49.5 percent); it abstained on 10 votes (10.5 percent). It was not absent for any vote.

All General Assembly members voted during the session. Only Israel voted No in Plenary more often (51 times), but the United States voted No by itself only once – on Resolution 21: Prohibition of the development and manufacture of new types of weapons of mass destruction and new systems of such weapons: report of the Conference on Disarmament. (In 2010 the United States did not vote No in isolation on any resolution, after doing so once in 2009 and 16 times in 2008.)

The United States voted No with three other countries on two resolutions: with France, Israel, and the United Kingdom on Resolution 66/22; and with India, Israel, and Pakistan on a preliminary vote for Resolution 66/40.

The United States voted No with two other countries twice: with Israel and the United Kingdom on Resolutions 66/90 and 66/91.

The United States voted No with one other country three times: each time was with Israel, on Resolutions 66/6, 66/83, and 66/186.

On non-consensus issues, i.e., those on which a vote was taken, the average overall General Assembly voting coincidence of all UN members with the United States in 2010 was 51.5 percent. This was 9.9 percentage points above the 2010 figure of 41.6 percent. (In 2009 the voting coincidence rate was 39 percent; in 2008, the figure was 25.6 percent; in 2007 it was 18.3 percent.)

When consensus resolutions are factored in as votes identical to those of the United States, a much higher measure of agreement with U.S. positions is reached – 85.9 percent, up slightly from 85.4 percent in 2010 and 84.3 percent in 2009. 

TABLES SHOWING COMPARISON WITH U.S. VOTES 

The tables that follow are based on the 85 instances the United States voted either Yes or No in Plenary. Columns show the number of times the United States and the pertinent country cast identical (Yes/Yes or No/No) and opposite (Yes/No or No/Yes) votes, as well as the number of times a country abstained or was absent for these 85 votes. Voting coincidence percentages are derived by dividing the number of identical votes by the total of identical plus opposite votes, the same method used in all previous editions of this report. The column headed “Voting Coincidence (Including Consensus)” presents the percentage of voting coincidence with the United States after including consensus resolutions as additional identical votes. Extent of participation was also factored in (see Introduction: Format and Methodology). 

All countries are listed alphabetically.

Key:
Votes Only = Coincidence percentage only for the 85 GA votes where the United States voted Yes or No.

Votes + Consensus = Coincidence Percentage for the 85 GA votes where the United States voted Yes or No plus a pro-rated portion of all consensus resolutions. 

COUNTRY

SAME

OPPOSITE

ABSTAIN

ABSENT

VOTES
ONLY

VOTES +
CONSENSUS

Afghanistan

36

45

1

3

44.4%

82.8%

Albania

51

20

12

2

71.8%

92.1%

Algeria

21

47

16

1

30.9%

81.4%

Andorra

51

21

13

0

70.8%

91.9%

Angola

30

38

5

12

44.1%

83.5%

Antigua-Barbuda

33

43

9

0

43.4%

83.6%

Argentina

38

40

7

0

48.7%

84.8%

Armenia

35

31

15

4

53.0%

87.3%

Australia

59

15

11

0

79.7%

94.2%

Austria

50

22

13

0

69.4%

91.5%

Azerbaijan

32

43

1

9

42.7%

82.3%

Bahamas

38

42

3

2

47.5%

84.0%

Bahrain

28

43

14

0

39.4%

83.3%

Bangladesh

31

46

7

1

40.3%

82.4%

Barbados

39

43

1

2

47.6%

83.7%

Belarus

30

45

6

4

40.0%

82.2%

Belgium

54

19

12

0

74.0%

92.7%

Belize

39

43

0

3

47.6%

83.6%

Benin

36

41

7

1

46.8%

84.3%

Bhutan

26

40

13

6

39.4%

83.4%

Bolivia

27

52

6

0

34.2%

80.4%

Bosnia/Herzegovina

51

22

12

0

69.9%

91.5%

Botswana

38

40

3

4

48.7%

84.4%

Brazil

31

44

9

1

41.3%

83.0%

Brunei Darussalam

32

45

6

2

41.6%

82.6%

Bulgaria

53

20

11

1

72.6%

92.2%

Burkina Faso

34

38

5

8

47.2%

84.3%

Burundi

4

23

1

57

14.8%

74.3%

Cambodia

28

45

2

10

38.4%

81.2%

Cameroon

30

23

22

10

56.6%

89.4%

Canada

74

7

4

0

91.4%

97.4%

Cape Verde

34

41

0

10

45.3%

83.0%

Central African Rep.

8

12

1

64

40.0%

81.0%

Chad

34

41

5

5

45.3%

83.6%

Chile

40

40

5

0

50.0%

85.0%

China

29

44

10

2

39.7%

82.8%

Colombia

41

38

6

0

51.9%

85.7%

Comoros

25

37

13

10

40.3%

83.5%

Congo

30

43

3

9

41.1%

82.0%

Costa Rica

42

41

2

0

50.6%

84.8%

Côte d’Ivoire

39

37

9

0

51.3%

85.9%

Croatia

51

17

11

6

75.0%

93.0%

Cuba

20

54

9

2

27.0%

78.9%

Cyprus

51

24

10

0

68.0%

90.8%

Czech Republic

52

20

13

0

72.2%

92.2%

DPR of Korea

7

58

1

19

10.8%

72.9%

Dem. Rep. Congo

0

13

3

69

0.0%

71.9%

Denmark

54

20

11

0

73.0%

92.3%

Djibouti

29

43

13

0

40.3%

83.3%

Dominica

2

17

6

60

10.5%

77.6%

Dominican Republic

36

43

6

0

45.6%

83.8%

Ecuador

22

53

10

0

29.3%

79.7%

Egypt

24

45

15

1

34.8%

82.2%

El Salvador

36

40

8

1

47.4%

84.6%

Equatorial Guinea

0

17

2

66

0.0%

68.6%

Eritrea

27

35

0

23

43.5%

82.2%

Estonia

53

20

12

0

72.6%

92.3%

Ethiopia

37

41

7

0

47.4%

84.5%

Fiji

37

38

10

0

49.3%

85.4%

Finland

51

20

14

0

71.8%

92.2%

France

55

16

14

0

77.5%

93.8%

Gabon

33

22

4

26

60.0%

87.7%

Gambia

4

17

3

61

19.0%

75.7%

Georgia

41

11

12

21

78.8%

94.2%

Germany

52

20

13

0

72.2%

92.2%

Ghana

33

40

5

7

45.2%

83.7%

Greece

52

20

12

1

72.2%

92.2%

Grenada

32

41

5

7

43.8%

83.0%

Guatemala

37

40

8

0

48.1%

84.8%

Guinea

31

43

6

5

41.9%

82.8%

Guinea-Bissau

31

43

2

9

41.9%

82.1%

Guyana

31

43

6

5

41.9%

82.8%

Haiti

37

39

3

6

48.7%

84.4%

Honduras

42

38

4

1

52.5%

85.6%

Hungary

53

21

11

0

71.6%

91.9%

Iceland

51

21

12

1

70.8%

91.8%

India

22

43

20

0

33.8%

82.9%

Indonesia

28

44

13

0

38.9%

82.9%

Iran

14

53

12

6

20.9%

77.7%

Iraq

28

43

9

5

39.4%

82.6%

Ireland

51

22

12

0

69.9%

91.5%

Israel

64

5

13

3

92.8%

98.0%

Italy

53

20

12

0

72.6%

92.3%

Jamaica

36

44

4

1

45.0%

83.3%

Japan

51

21

13

0

70.8%

91.9%

Jordan

27

43

15

0

38.6%

83.1%

Kazakhstan

38

44

3

0

46.3%

83.6%

Kenya

31

45

8

1

40.8%

82.7%

Kiribati

3

1

0

81

75.0%

91.5%

Kuwait

23

43

18

1

34.8%

82.8%

Kyrgyzstan

34

40

7

4

45.9%

84.1%

Laos

21

45

3

16

31.8%

79.6%

Latvia

53

20

12

0

72.6%

92.3%

Lebanon

25

45

14

1

35.7%

82.3%

Lesotho

29

45

4

7

39.2%

81.6%

Liberia

39

43

0

3

47.6%

83.5%

Libya

23

42

11

9

35.4%

82.0%

Liechtenstein

49

23

13

0

68.1%

91.1%

Lithuania

53

20

12

0

72.6%

92.3%

Luxembourg

53

21

11

0

71.6%

91.9%

Madagascar

35

37

1

12

48.6%

84.2%

Malawi

33

37

0

15

47.1%

83.7%

Malaysia

36

43

6

0

45.6%

83.8%

Maldives

42

43

0

0

49.4%

84.1%

Mali

32

44

5

4

42.1%

82.7%

Malta

50

24

11

0

67.6%

90.8%

Marshall Islands

60

7

7

11

89.6%

96.9%

Mauritania

27

41

9

8

39.7%

82.8%

Mauritius

30

41

5

9

42.3%

82.9%

Mexico

40

40

5

0

50.0%

85.0%

Micronesia

60

2

4

19

96.8%

99.0%

Monaco

52

19

11

3

73.2%

92.4%

Mongolia

37

40

5

3

48.1%

84.4%

Montenegro

51

21

12

1

70.8%

91.8%

Morocco

29

43

13

0

40.3%

83.3%

Mozambique

29

43

4

9

40.3%

82.1%

Myanmar (Burma)

21

38

12

14

35.6%

81.9%

Namibia

30

44

1

10

40.5%

81.7%

Nauru

21

1

0

63

95.5%

98.6%

Nepal

32

43

10

0

42.7%

83.5%

Netherlands

53

20

11

1

72.6%

92.2%

New Zealand

51

24

10

0

68.0%

90.8%

Nicaragua

26

54

5

0

32.5%

79.7%

Niger

24

26

9

26

48.0%

85.3%

Nigeria

32

33

5

15

49.2%

84.6%

Norway

51

21

13

0

70.8%

91.9%

Oman

24

47

14

0

33.8%

81.7%

Pakistan

13

44

25

3

22.8%

81.4%

Palau

71

2

4

8

97.3%

99.2%

Panama

46

28

10

1

62.2%

89.1%

Papua New Guinea

36

38

5

6

48.6%

84.7%

Paraguay

34

42

5

4

44.7%

83.5%

Peru

38

38

8

1

50.0%

85.4%

Philippines

37

41

7

0

47.4%

84.5%

Poland

53

20

12

0

72.6%

92.3%

Portugal

53

21

11

0

71.6%

91.9%

Qatar

29

45

11

0

39.2%

82.7%

Republic of Korea

49

21

13

2

70.0%

91.6%

Republic of Moldova

52

20

13

0

72.2%

92.2%

Romania

52

20

12

1

72.2%

92.2%

Russia

34

38

13

0

47.2%

85.3%

Rwanda

7

11

0

67

38.9%

79.3%

St. Kitts and Nevis

31

30

4

20

50.8%

85.0%

Saint Lucia

39

42

1

3

48.1%

83.9%

St. Vincent/Grenadines

31

44

9

1

41.3%

83.0%

Samoa

38

28

12

7

57.6%

88.2%

San Marino

51

21

13

0

70.8%

91.9%

Sao Tome/Principe

32

29

0

24

52.5%

84.9%

Saudi Arabia

26

43

16

0

37.7%

83.1%

Senegal

36

43

1

5

45.6%

83.2%

Serbia

43

24

18

0

64.2%

90.5%

Seychelles

32

24

0

29

57.1%

86.5%

Sierra Leone

33

42

1

9

44.0%

82.7%

Singapore

34

44

7

0

43.6%

83.3%

Slovak Republic

54

20

11

0

73.0%

92.3%

Slovenia

53

21

11

0

71.6%

91.9%

Solomon Islands

36

43

3

3

45.6%

83.4%

Somalia

1

29

5

50

3.3%

71.7%

South Africa

29

45

8

3

39.2%

82.3%

South Sudan

9

9

1

66

50.0%

84.3%

Spain

53

21

11

0

71.6%

91.9%

Sri Lanka

32

46

6

1

41.0%

82.4%

Sudan

24

48

11

2

33.3%

81.1%

Suriname

29

34

4

18

46.0%

83.5%

Swaziland

28

46

4

7

37.8%

81.3%

Sweden

51

20

13

1

71.8%

92.2%

Switzerland

47

22

13

3

68.1%

91.1%

Syria

9

51

16

9

15.0%

77.7%

Tajikistan

31

41

5

8

43.1%

82.9%

Thailand

36

42

7

0

46.2%

84.1%

TFYR Macedonia

52

20

13

0

72.2%

92.2%

Timor-Leste

36

34

3

12

51.4%

85.4%

Togo

34

43

1

7

44.2%

82.8%

Tonga

38

23

16

8

62.3%

90.1%

Trinidad and Tobago

28

37

10

10

43.1%

83.6%

Tunisia

28

43

13

1

39.4%

83.1%

Turkey

47

28

4

6

62.7%

88.8%

Turkmenistan

27

42

6

10

39.1%

81.9%

Tuvalu

28

30

2

25

48.3%

84.6%

Uganda

26

42

5

12

38.2%

81.8%

Ukraine

50

25

10

0

66.7%

90.4%

United Arab Emirates

29

44

11

1

39.7%

82.9%

United Kingdom

59

15

11

0

79.7%

94.2%

UR Tanzania

37

35

3

10

51.4%

84.8%

Uruguay

37

42

6

0

46.8%

84.2%

Uzbekistan

25

44

5

11

36.2%

81.2%

Vanuatu

32

30

7

16

51.6%

86.2%

Venezuela

26

56

3

0

31.7%

79.1%

Vietnam

25

47

3

10

34.7%

80.3%

Yemen

24

43

16

2

35.8%

82.7%

Zambia

30

46

8

1

39.5%

82.3%

Zimbabwe

29

49

0

7

37.2%

80.4%

 

Totals and Percentages

 

6840

 

6443

 

1525

 

1512

 

51.5%

85.9%



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