Friday, October 2, 2009

Rasmussen Poll: 32% Say Iran Is Top Threat to U.S.

Nearly one-out-of-three voters (32%) now regard Iran as the biggest threat to U.S. national security, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. That's up 10 points from a month ago, when Iran was virtually tied with North Korea on the lists of countries U.S. voters were most concerned about.

Last week, the United States and its allies disclosed the existence of a secret Iranian nuclear plant and stepped up efforts to shut down that country's nuclear program which is suspected of developing nuclear weapons. Republicans are more suspicious of Iran than Democrats and voters not affiliated with either major party. Just 19% of all voters now list North Korea as a bigger threat to U.S. national security, followed by China at 14%. Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and Russia all rate single-digit levels of concern.

Fifty-one percent (51%) of voters say President Obama has not been aggressive enough in responding to Iran's nuclear program .