BERLIN (Reuters) – Climate change is the top security risk in a Washington-based Pew Research Center survey, followed by Islamist terrorism and cyber-attacks, while respondents in a growing number of countries are concerned about the power and influence of United States.
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In 13 of 26 countries, climate change was referred to the Islamic world as the main threat State militant group topped the list in eight and cyber attacks in four, said the nonprofit, impartial Pew Research Center in its report ,
Climate change concerns have increased sharply since 2013, with double-digit percentage increases in countries such as the United States, Mexico, France, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Kenya. This was the result of a survey conducted between May and August, August 2018.
North Korea's nuclear program and the global economy were also worrying, while Polish respondents described Russia's power and influence as the biggest threat.
The biggest change in mood focused on the United States, she said, with a median of 45 percent of those polled calling the US power and influence a threat in 2018, compared to 25 percent in 2013, when Barack Obama US President was.
In ten countries, including Germany, Japan, and South Korea, around half of respondents considered the power and influence of the US as a major threat to their country, compared to eight in 2017 and three in 2013.
In Mexico, where concerns have increased since the election of US President Donald Trump, the percentage rose to 64 percent.
Trump has opposed illegal migration and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and urges to build a wall between the two countries.
In 2018, an average of 61 percent of respondents in all countries considered cyberattacks to be a serious concern (54 percent in 2017).
The number of countries in which the Islamic State was classified as a threat, percentage points in Israel, Spain, the US and Japan.
Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Edited by Jason Neely