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Most Still See A U.S. Role in NATO

Thursday, February 14, 2019

With the Soviet Union fading further and further into the rearview mirror of history, President Trump has voiced his concern about the cost to the United States of participating in NATO, but most voters here still don’t want to let go of the 70-year-old anti-Soviet alliance.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 58% of Likely U.S. Voters continue to see a need for the United States to belong to the North American Treaty Organization, up from 53% last year. Twenty-three percent (23%) do not. But nearly as many (19%) are unsure about America’s continued participation in the alliance created with its Western European allies in 1949 to prevent the further expansion of the Communist Soviet Union. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 11-12, 2019 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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