Amer­i­cans fear World War III: Sur­vey

The Free Press Journal - - WORLD -

Fre­quent spats with North Korea and a "reck­less" at­ti­tude dis­played by US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump have prompted the fear of a World War III among most Amer­i­cans, a sur­vey has re­vealed.

Led by re­searchers at Chap­man Univer­sity in the US, the "Sur­vey of Amer­i­can Fears 2017" showed that the fright of a men­ac­ing world war looms large. It is also a new en­trant into the list of "Top 10 fears" since the first sur­vey was con­ducted in 2014. "Amer­i­cans need to un­learn 'Duck and Cover' and re­place it with 'Get in­side. Stay In­side. Stay Tuned'," said Ann Gor­don, Di­rec­tor at the univer­sity's Hen­ley Lab.

"Duck and Cover" that 70 per cent of Amer­i­cans are fa­mil­iar with came up dur­ing the Cold War with the USSR, which is now "ob­so­lete", Gor­don said.

This fear was cor­rob­o­rated by Re­pub­li­can Se­na­tor Bob Corker ear­lier this week. Corker had warned that Trump was treat­ing his of­fice like "a re­al­ity show" with reck­less threats to­ward other coun­tries that could set the na­tion "on the path to World War III", the New York Times re­ported on Mon­day.

The sur­vey showed that 48 per cent of Amer­i­cans fear North Korea us­ing nu­clear weapons and 41 per cent fear a nu­clear at­tack. The prospect of a nu­clear melt­down trou­bles 31 per cent of all Amer­i­cans. Con­cern and fears about the en­vi­ron­ment, which had never cracked the Top 10 fears in any pre­vi­ous sur­veys, also fig­ured more promi­nently in the 2017 edi­tion.

En­vi­ron­ment fears in­cluded pol­lu­tion of oceans, rivers and lakes (53.1 per cent), closely fol­lowed by pol­lu­tion of drink­ing water (50.4 per cent), global warm­ing and cli­mate change (48 per cent) and air pol­lu­tion (44.9 per cent). Fol­low­ing the re­ver­sal of the en­vi­ron­men­tal poli­cies of the pre­vi­ous Barack Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion by Trump, the re­searchers felt th­ese green fears grew.

Trump, who had called the Cli­mate Change a "hoax", ear­lier had pulled the US out of the Paris Agree­ment on curb­ing global warm­ing.

Three out of five Amer­i­cans re­ported fear of Is­lamic ex­trem­ists/Ji­hadists as a threat to na­tional se­cu­rity. White su­prem­a­cists fea­tured as a threat to na­tional se­cu­rity among 51 per cent.

For the sur­vey, the team in­cluded more than 1,207 adults from across the na­tion and all walks of life.

The 2017 sur­vey data is or­gan­ised into four ba­sic cat­e­gories: per­sonal fears, nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, para­nor­mal fears and fear of ex­trem­ism.

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