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One In Four Republicans Say Global Warming Is ‘Major Threat’ To US

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One in four Republicans say global warming is a major threat to the U.S. in a new Pew research survey, and more Democrats are concerned about its threat than that of terrorist groups, ISIS or nuclear war.

Asked if they perceive global warming as a “major threat,” 25 percent of Republicans said yes in the survey of 1,501 adults conducted last week. Sixty-eight percent of Democrats also said it’s a major threat.

A majority of Republicans said the other threats listed are major, such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and Iran’s quest for nuclear power, but more Democrats are concerned about global warming than any other threat. Sixty-seven percent said al-Qaida and other terrorist groups are a major threat, and 65 percent said ISIS is a major threat.  

By contrast, 78 percent of Republicans said ISIS is a major threat.

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A majority of Republicans said the U.S. is doing “too much” to address these threats, compared to 46 percent of Democrats. Just 18 percent of Republicans and 15 percent of Democrats said the U.S. is doing “too little.”

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