Poll: More Americans Consider Islamic State a Major Threat (74%) Than Climate Change (56%)

By Zenny Phuong | August 3, 2017 | 12:03 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) – More U.S. adults consider the Islamic State and cyber security as major threats to the country than consider global climate change to be a major threat, according to a survey released Tuesday by the non-partisan Pew Research Center.

 

Pew's survey asked respondents: "Do you think ______ is a major threat, a minor threat, or not a threat to [the respondent's country]?"

Respondents were asked about eight possible threats, including ISIS, climate change, foreign cyber-attacks, state of the global economy, migrating refugees and the world influence of the United States, Communist China, and Russia.

In the United States, the top answer was the Islamic State, with 74% of Americans saying it was a major threat. In second place was cyber-attacks from foreign forces such as China or Russia, at 71%. Fifty-six percent of Americans said global climate change was a major threat.

In most of the European countries surveyed (France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, and the United Kingdom) and in Russia, the largest percentage of people also said that the Islamic State was a major threat.

Researchers polled 41,953 people from 38 countries around the globe from February 16 to May 8, 2017.