Given a list of five countries to choose from 32% of voters named North Korea as the greatest threat to the National Security of the United States. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 29% named Russia as the greatest threat. Another 20% picked China, 15% Iran, and 5% said Mexico.
All but Mexico were seen as at least somewhat of a threat by more than seven-out-of-ten voters:
- North Korea was seen as a threat by 80%, including 48% who see that country as a Very Serious threat.
- Russia was seen as a threat by 78%, including 43% who see that country as a Very Serious threat.
- Iran was seen as a threat by 77%, including 41% who see that country as a Very Serious threat.
- China was seen as a threat by 73%, including 38% who see that country as a Very Serious threat.
- Most (66%) do not consider Mexico a threat. Just 12% consider it a Very Serious threat.
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Data released earlier showed that terrorism and cybersecurity concerns are perceived as the top national security threats. Democrats tend to be concerned about climate change as a threat while Republicans are worried about illegal immigration.
Most voters have some confidence in the federal government to protect against many top threats. However, most lack confidence in government efforts to protect the nation from the threats of climate change and federal deficits.
Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters favor having the United States impose new tariffs on goods imported from China. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 42% oppose such tariffs. That support is driven by a belief that China has used trade to take advantage of the United States. Sixty-three percent (63%) think that is true. Only 13% do not. Twenty-five percent (25%) are not sure.
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The national survey of 1,002 Registered Voters was conducted May 15-16, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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