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Voters Feel Khashoggi Disappearance, ‘Arab NATO’ Important to National Security

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

According to voters, the disappearance and death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is a matter of U.S. national security. But regardless of whether voters see this as a national security issue or media overreaction, most support the Trump administration’s plan to organize several Middle Eastern nations into a so-called “Arab NATO.”

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters consider the disappearance and suspected murder of Khashoggi important to U.S. national security. One-in-three (33%) think, instead, that the media is over-covering the story, but 11% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on October 21-22, 2018 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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