Most Voters Consider a Cyberattack an Act of War
Hackers working on behalf of the Chinese government are suspected in a recent cyberattack on the Marriott hotel chain in which the personal information of millions of hotel guests was compromised. Nearly two-out-of-three voters think a cyberattack by another country is an act of war, and most think it poses a greater risk than a traditional military attack.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 62% of Likely U.S. Voters think a major cyberattack on the United States by another country should be viewed as an act of war. This is unchanged from 2017 after the international WannaCry cyberattack and 2015, but it is up from 57% in late 2014 after alleged attacks by North Korea and Iran and 55% in April 2013 following a cyberattack on South Korea. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
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The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on December 16-17, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Fieldwork for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC . See methodology.
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