Poll: 77 Say Nuclear Weapons Important for Security

Tuesday, 25 Jun 2013 12:58 PM

By Lisa Barron

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More than three out of every four  likely voters believe the U.S. nuclear arsenal is important for the nation's national security, while just 27 percent agree with President Barack Obama's call for a reduction in nuclear weapons, according to a new Rasmussen Reports poll.

During a speech in Berlin last week, the president called for a one-third reduction of U.S. and Russian deployed nuclear weapons, saying it is possible to ensure American security and a strong deterrent while also limiting nuclear weapons.

The survey found that 77 percent of likely U.S. voters think the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal is at least somewhat important to the country’s national security, while just 16 percent disagree. This includes 45 percent who view the arsenal as very important to national security, although that’s down from 57 percent in March of last year.

Just 3 percent of the 1,000 likely voters surveyed over the weekend consider America’s nuclear weapons as not at all important to the country’s safety.


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