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Gallup: North Korea, cyberterrorism considered top threats to U.S.

By Ed Adamczyk
Gallup: North Korea, cyberterrorism considered top threats to U.S.
South Korean soldiers stand guard at the joint security area of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone near Paju, South Korea on Saturday. Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI | License Photo

March 5 (UPI) -- More than 80 percent of Americans think North Korea and cyber-based terrorism are the most critical threats to the United States, a new Gallup Poll Monday showed.

Respondents were asked to categorize six topics as a "critical threat" -- and 82 percent identified North Korean development of nuclear weapons development.

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While the percentage of those who regard North Korea as a critical threat has not changed in the past five years, 51 percent of respondents now regard Pyongyang as the greatest enemy of the United States -- an increase of 10 percent from Gallup's 2012 survey.

Cyberterrorism was identified as a critical threat by 81 percent, and 75 percent placed international terrorism in the same category.

The number of those who view cyberterrorism as a critical threat increased 8 points from 2016, when 73 percent called it a top concern.

China's economic power was rated as "important but not critical" by 45 percent of respondents. Another 40 percent labeled it a critical threat.

Thirty-nine percent voiced immigration in the United States as a critical threat, while 31 percent said it is important but not critical and 29 percent said it's not important.

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The Israeli-Palestinian conflict was put by 48 percent in the "important" category -- with 36 percent saying it's critical.

The Gallup results are based on phone interviews last month among more than 1,000 people nationwide, with a margin of error of 4 points.

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