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New Survey: 84% Call Presidential Candidates’ Plans to Address Nuclear Threats Essential or Very Important

The demand for presidential candidates to address the risks posed by nuclear
weapons cuts across party lines, according to analysis by Hart Research Associates,
based on a survey for the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI).

Polling conducted in 13 states finds that 8 in 10 voters say it is essential or very important for a
presidential candidate to have clear plans and policies to address the threat
of nuclear weapons.

“In our highly polarized political environment it can be difficult to
find areas of agreement between Republicans and Democrats, but this survey
identifies nuclear weapons threats to be one such area,” the Hart memo
reads. In the survey, 87% of Democrats,
81% of Republicans, and 71% of independents said they would feel more favorably
toward a candidate who puts a high priority on reducing the threats posed by
nuclear weapons.

Voters are most interested in knowing candidates’ specific plans for:  Preventing terrorists from obtaining nuclear
weapons;  preventing the use of nuclear
weapons; preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon; convincing North Korea
to give up its nuclear weapons; and making progress for eliminate all nuclear
weapons.

Read the full Hart Research memo here.


Survey Methodology: This survey was conducted online from November 11 to
19, 2019. A total of 800 registered voters were interviewed and were screened
to ensure that they closely follow news about international affairs and that
they get personally involved with issues that are important to them. All
respondents are residents of one of the following states: Arizona, California,
Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Nevada,
South Carolina, Texas, or Virginia. The survey’s confidence interval is +3.5%
for the full sample, with higher tolerances for subgroups.

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