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Global poll shows rising worries about US imperialism

In a global poll conducted by the US Pew Research Center, a growing number of respondents were worried about rising American imperialism.

Published: February 11, 2019, 6:57 am

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    A median of 45 percent of people thought American power and influence was a threat in 2018, up from 25 percent in 2013, when Barack Obama was serving as US president.

    In at least 10 countries – including Germany, Japan and South Korea – more than half of those questioned, believe US power and influence is a major threat to their nation, up from eight countries in 2017 and three in 2013.

    In Mexico the percentage of anti-American sentiment spiked to 64 percent, the poll showed.

    Respondents in Poland however thought Russia was the top threat. Globally, the top three security concerns were listed as climate change, Islamic terrorism and cyber attacks.

    Four countries thought cyber attacks were a problem, while eight countries thought of the Islamic State militant group as the top threat. In 13 of 26 countries, climate change was noted as the top global threat by 27 612 people polled.

    According to the Pew Research Center climate change concerns have been growing since 2013, especially in the United States, Mexico, France, Britain, South Africa and Kenya, according to the poll conducted between May and August, 2018.

    North Korea’s nuclear programme and global economic growth were also noted as concerns. The number of respondents that felt ISIS was a threat declined by double-digit percentage points in Israel, Spain, the United States and Japan.

    In 2018, a median of 61 percent of respondents across the globe saw cyber attacks as a serious issue, up from 54 percent in 2017.

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