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Voters See Diminishing Nuclear Threat from North Korea

Friday, January 12, 2018

With President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un talking more diplomatically and North Korea sending athletes to the Winter Olympics in neighboring South Korea, fears of a nuclear attack from the rogue regime in Pyongyang are lessening here.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 42% of Likely U.S. Voters still think it is likely that North Korea will use a nuclear weapon to attack the United States, although that includes only 13% who consider it Very Likely. That compares to 50% and 16% respectively in September.

Fifty-three percent (53%) now feel that a nuclear attack by North Korea is unlikely, up from 41% four months ago, with 16% who say it’s 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 January 10-11, 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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