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54% Think Real Cause of Malaysian Plane's Disappearance May Never Be Known

Monday, March 24, 2014

It’s been more than two weeks since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, and more Americans now think terrorism is behind the disappearance. But most don’t expect to ever find out what exactly happened to the missing plane.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 33% of American Adults believe terrorism is the most likely cause of the disappearance of Flight 370. Just 10% think the disappearance is the result of a mechanical failure, while the same number (10%) believe human error is to blame. A sizable 27% think something else caused the aircraft’s disappearance, while another 20% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 21-22, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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