March 7, 2014
More than a decade after the 9/11 terror attacks, Americans rank international terrorism as the greatest threat to the U.S. in the next 10 years, along with Iran’s development of nuclear weapons. Majorities also perceive Islamic fundamentalism, the conflict between North and South Korea, and China’s economic power as critical threats. Fewer Americans see Russia’s military power as a critical threat to the U.S. in the coming decade.
Americans are less likely this year than last to perceive the development of Iranian nuclear weapons as the greatest threat to the U.S. in the next decade, with the percentage falling from 83% last year to 76%, tying terrorism. This might be partly attributable to the ongoing nuclear talks between the U.S., Iran, and several other nations over the last several months.