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Majority of Americans Still Unfazed about North Korea

Missile tests raise awareness, not fear

North Korea’s July 4, 2006, test launch of seven missiles has done surprisingly little to stir public fear in the United States. The overwhelming majority of respondents to a Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey conducted in the days following the launch still view terrorism as a more serious threat to the United States. Of the 1,000 adults polled, 68% believe terrorism is a more serious danger to the country than a North Korean missile attack.

These results echo responses from a poll conducted prior to the July 4 missile launches, in which 71% cited terrorism as a greater danger to the United States. Before the launches, 14% viewed North Korea as the bigger threat. Following the launches, 16% held that view.

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