As tensions between the U.S., China and Russia increase, many Republican voters believe we are on the brink of a potential third world war, according to a Wednesday poll.
Convention for States Action, an organization dedicated to calling for a convention of states to amend the Constitution, and the Trafalgar Group, a polling and survey company, found that 43.4% of likely general election voters harbored concerns about the chances of World War III, according to the poll. Party affiliation showed a more obvious split in results, with a majority of Republicans indicating they are worried about escalations by foreign powers like Russia and China at 56.7%, while Democrats did not appear as concerned at 26.4%.
More respondents unaffiliated with a political party answered that they believed “we are on the brink of another world war” than Democrats, but less than Republicans, at 47%, according to the poll.
Mark Meckler, president of CSA, told the Daily Caller News Foundation that the partisan divide was not surprising since the “president won’t even admit that such a threat exists.”
State Department spokesperson Ned Price recently said during a press conference that he didn’t believe “containing” or “holding back” China was the U.S. strategy to deal with rising tension between the two world powers. Price’s comments came after China’s President Xi Jinping criticized the U.S., claiming that Washington had brought “comprehensive containment, encirclement and suppression against” China, according to NPR.
A majority of respondents were women at 53.3% compared to male voters at 46.7%, according to the poll. White respondents made up the majority at 71.2% with Black and Hispanic Americans at 12.3% and 11. 5% of respondents, respectively, leaving Asian voters at 3.9%.
The poll was conducted from Feb. 22 to Feb. 26 with a total of 1,082 participants, a response rate of 1.44 and a margin of error of 2.9%.
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