WASHINGTON, D.C. — People in the U.S., Britain and six other countries showed little taste for stepping up the role their nations’ troops play in overseas crises, but seemed more open to other types of involvement abroad, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll.

In each country surveyed, only about one in 10 said they believe their government does not send its military frequently enough to trouble spots. Roughly eight in 10 said their leaders send forces abroad either as often as they should or too frequently, according to the poll, which also sampled attitudes in Canada, South Korea, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

When it came to their country’s role in world affairs in general, however, only in the U.S. and Britain did about half or more say their government was too involved. In the others, at least three of four said their government was either not doing enough or was doing what it should.

Every country in the survey has forces in Afghanistan, while the U.S. and Britain have troops in Iraq as well.

“Italy is not making enough of an important mark on international politics,” said Maria Verrone, 46, an architect from Florence, Italy, who was visiting Rome. “We have a strong economy to back us, what are we waiting for?”

The survey was conducted in mid- to late May as the war in Iraq was beginning its fourth year and NATO allies were facing a springtime upsurge in violence in Afghanistan. Since then, events have transpired that could have changed some peoples’ views about their countries’ roles in foreign affairs, such as the taking of South Korean hostages in Afghanistan and the ascension of new leaders in Britain and France.

“Too much,” said David Champ, 57, a plasterer from Redkey, Ind., as he walked the National Mall in the heart of Washington, D.C. “We’re not the peacekeepers of the world, but a lot of Americans think we are.”

In Paris, Louise Cors, 53, said military missions abroad are “a bad idea,” adding, “We have lost a lot of credit in our foreign diplomacy.”

In the U.S., Britain and Germany, more than half said their country intervenes militarily too frequently.

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