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MOST peo­ple think the world is more dan­ger­ous to­day than it was two years ago as con­cerns rise over po­lit­i­cally-mo­ti­vated vi­o­lence and weapons of mass de­struc­tion, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey re­leased re­cently.

Six out of 10 re­spon­dents to the sur­vey, com­mis­sioned by the Global Chal­lenges Foun­da­tion, said the dan­gers had in­creased, with con­flict and nu­clear or chem­i­cal weapons seen as more press­ing risks than pop­u­la­tion growth or cli­mate change.

The re­sults come amid grow­ing ten­sions be­tween the United States and fel­low mem­bers over de­fence spend­ing, which some fear could dam­age morale and play into the hands of Rus­sia.

“It’s clear that our cur­rent sys­tems of global co-op­er­a­tion are no longer mak­ing peo­ple feel safe,” said Mats An­der­s­son, vice chair­per­son of the Global Chal­lenges Foun­da­tion.

An­der­s­son said tur­bu­lence be­tween Nato pow­ers and Rus­sia, on­go­ing con­flict in Syria, Ye­men and Ukraine and nu­clear ten­sions with North Korea and Iran were mak­ing peo­ple feel un­safe.

The sur­vey find­ings are based on re­sponses from more than 10 000 peo­ple in 10 coun­tries sur­veyed by polling firm ComRes in April this year.

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