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Washington - Poll: Climate Change Seen As Top Threat, But U.S. Power A Growing Worry

Published on: February 10, 2019 11:00 PM
By: Reuters
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Washington - Climate change is the top security concern in a poll conducted by the Washington-based Pew Research Center, followed by Islamist terrorism and cyber attacks while respondents in a growing number of countries worried about the power and influence of the United States.

In 13 of 26 countries, people listed climate change as the top global threat, with the Islamic State militant group topping the list in eight and cyber attacks in four, the non-profit, non-partisan Pew Research Center said in its report.

Worries about climate change have increased sharply since 2013, with double-digit percentage point increases seen in countries including the United States, Mexico, France, Britain, South Africa and Kenya, according to the poll of 27,612 people conducted between May and August, 2018.

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North Korea’s nuclear program and the global economy were also significant concerns, while respondents in Poland named Russian power and influence as the top threat.

The largest shift in sentiment centered on the United States, it said, with a median of 45 percent of people naming U.S. power and influence as a threat in 2018, up from 25 percent in 2013, when Barack Obama was U.S. president.

In 10 countries, including Germany, Japan and South Korea, roughly half of respondents or more saw U.S. power and influence as a major threat to their nation, up from eight in 2017 and three in 2013, the poll showed.

In Mexico, where those concerns have spiked since the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, the percentage jumped to 64 percent, the poll showed.

Trump has railed against illegal migration and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and is pressing to build a wall between the two countries.

In 2018, a median of 61 percent of respondents across all countries represented viewed cyber attacks as a serious concern, up from 54 percent in 2017.

The number of countries that saw Islamic State as a threat fell by double-digit percentage points in Israel, Spain, the United States and Japan.



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 Feb 11, 2019 at 12:25 AM lazy-boy Says:

how such BS gets into the minds of the many only proves that most people are suffering from brain drain....

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 07:05 AM Educated Archy Says:

Climate change a" security issue "? What does it have to do with security? We know al gore claims all the migrants problems are due to climate change. Is that really what so many people believe? I guess it goes together with believing America is a threat to the world. So laughable. These so called " polls" are pathetic as well as so many people who respond. Olim golem

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 10:16 PM Normal Says:

Reply to #2  
Educated Archy Says:

Climate change a" security issue "? What does it have to do with security? We know al gore claims all the migrants problems are due to climate change. Is that really what so many people believe? I guess it goes together with believing America is a threat to the world. So laughable. These so called " polls" are pathetic as well as so many people who respond. Olim golem

If you read the article you will see it's a mistake and should say the greatest threat....

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