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9% Think North Korean Nuclear Attack on U.S. Very Likely

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Most voters think a North Korean nuclear strike on the United States is unlikely, and less than half favor the use of U.S. military force to stop North Korea from using nuclear weapons. But they do support helping South Korea if its neighbor to the north attacks.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 38% of Likely U.S. Voters think it’s at least somewhat likely that North Korea will use a nuclear weapon to attack the United States, but 55% view such an attack as unlikely. This includes only nine percent (9%) who say it’s Very Likely and 13% who regard it as Not At All Likely. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on March 10-11, 2013 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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