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  • Foreign Affairs and Defense Issues in the US External Link ,” PollingReport.com
    This database compiles data from nationwide surveys of Americans age 18 and older on issues concerning arms control, weapons of mass destruction, and missile defense.

  • "Iranians on their Nuclear Program" September 22, 2009, World Public Opinion
    A telephone interview conducted by an independent research agency outside of Iran reveals opinions on Iran's nuclear program, the effect of international sanctions, and various demographic data.

  • "World Publics on Eliminating All Nuclear Weapons" December 9, 2008, World Public Opinion, in partnership with research centers in 21 nations
    A question posed to the publics in 21 countries reveals an average of 76% strongly or somewhat in favor of eliminating all nuclear weapons and agreeing not to pursue nuclear weapons programs, subject to verification and monitor. A break down of each country's responses is provided.

  • "Americans and Russians on Nuclear Weapons and the Future of Disarmament" November 9, 2007, World Public Opinion and the Advanced Methods of Cooperative Security Program
    A study of Russian and American public attitudes on de-alerting nuclear weapons, drastic reductions in nuclear stockpiles, a comprehensive test ban treaty, production and storage of nuclear materials, intrusive verification and the elimination of nuclear weapons.


  • "Global Poll Finds Varied Views on Nuclear Weapons" August 18, 2007, Angus Reid Global Monitor
    A poll of adults in the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and Israel reveals attitudes on the use of nuclear weapons; would the use of nuclear weapons be justified in the context of actual war, as a deterrent against a possible attack, or never be justified?

  • Poll: Most in US Oppose Nuclear Weapons,” March 31, 2005, Associated Press / Ipsos
    A majority of those polled in the U.S.say they do not think any nation should possess nuclear weapons.

     Americans Oppose New Nuclear Weapons . April 15, 2004, Union of Concerned Scientists via Program on International Policy Attitudes
    A poll conducted in 2004 reveals negative American attitudes towards the development of new nuclear weapons, a strong opposition to using nuclear weapons for any purpose other than as a deterrent against the use of nuclear weapons by other countries, and demonstrate a clear preference for the reduction of U.S. nuclear weapon arsenals.

  • Americans on WMD Proliferation, April 15, 2004, Program on International Policy Attitudes
    A poll of the American public reveals attitudes on a spectrum of issues surrounding weapons of mass destruction, including proliferation, testing, international arms control agreements, and their role in U.S. defense strategy and policy.

  • Public Believes Many Countries Still Secretly Pursuing WMD ,” April 15, 2004, Program on International Policy Attitudes
    A majority of Americans favor addressing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction through enhanced arms control efforts rather than military threats, are willing to accept intrusive inspections and limits on US military capabilities as part of arms control agreements, and oppose increased defense spending.

  • The 2004 Political Landscape - Part 3: Foreign Policy, International Threats and Patriotism External Link ,” November 5, 2003, the Pew Research Center
    A majority of Americans think the U.S. faces greater danger of a chemical, biological, or nuclear attack than a decade ago and express concern over the prospects of nuclear war.
    (Scroll to “Nuclear Concerns Persist” section)

  • Two Years Later, the Fear Lingers - 75% Say It's a More Dangerous World External Link ,” September 4, 2003, Pew Research Center
    As the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks approaches, heightened public concern about international threats persists. Fully three-quarters of Americans see the world as a more dangerous place than a decade ago, up from 53% in a Pew survey conducted in early September 2001.

  • Survey Shows Public Concerned Over National Security, Still Supports Nuclear Arsenal,” August 25, 2000, Institute for Public Policy (University of New Mexico)
    Opinion derived from a nationwide survey suggests the public attitude that the world is a more dangerous place than it was during the Cold War, and the US needs nuclear weapons and ballistic missile defenses to maintain its security. Further, while the stockpile should be smaller, funding should be allocated to maintain the quality of the deterrent.

  • Nuclear Weapons: The Russian Public Speaks,” January 10, 2000, Center for Policy Studies in Russia and the Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Monterey Institute
    For the first time, a public opinion poll reveals what the Russian public thinks about a wide range of nuclear security issues, from the START process to nuclear smuggling.

  • Re-START Nuclear Weapons Reductions Strong Public Support for Deep Cuts,” September 23, 1999, Coalition to Reduce Nuclear Dangers
    The Clinton Administration will have to move quickly and decisively to reach agreement with Russia if it wants to achieve real progress on reducing the massive nuclear arsenals built up during the Cold War. This poll demonstrates public support (44%) for the abolition of nuclear weapons as official U.S. policy.

  • Majority of Americans Support Nuclear Weapons Reductions/Elimination,” August 27, 1998, Coalition to Reduce Nuclear Dangers
    Prior to a meeting in Moscow between Presidents Clinton and Yeltsin to consider how to jumpstart their stalled efforts to reduce remaining US and Russian nuclear weapons stockpiles, public opinion surveys of American voters show that a majority support US nuclear weapons policies that would either reduce or eliminate nuclear weapons.

  • Canadians' Views on a Global Ban on Nuclear Weapons External Link ,” March 26, 1998, Angus Reid Group, Inc.
    Canadians overwhelmingly support abolishing nuclear weapons, according to a poll commissioned by the Canadian Peace Alliance.

  • America's Place in the World External Link ,” October 10, 1997, Pew Research Center
    The post-Cold War era presents new challenges for American leadership and the American public. This poll presents American opinion on the role of the U.S. in this new political climate and particularly the danger of nuclear proliferation.
    (Scroll to " Nuclear Proliferation and Energy Top Goals" section)

  • "Americans Unmoved by Washington’s Big Stories,” April 11, 1997, Pew Research Center
    77% of Americans polled believe there is a chance that that terrorists could use chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons against a city, while only 57% believe the same about a foreign country launching a nuclear strike on the United States.
    (Scroll to "A Threat From Within" section)

  • US Public Opinion Poll on Nuclear Weapons,” March 1997, Lake Sosin Snell & Associates
    In a poll of Americans conducted by Lake Sosin Snell & Associates for Abolition 2000, the American people are strongly in favor of eliminating all nuclear weapons.

  • "Public Apathetic About Nuclear Terrorism,” April 1996, Pew Research Center
    Most Americans acknowledge the fact that terrorists could strike a US city with a nuclear, chemical or biological weapon, yet few worry about the possibility.

  • National Study Conducted by University of New Mexico Shows Public Believes US Faces Nuclear Threats,” 1993-97, University of New Mexico
    The Cold War has been over for more than seven years, but most Americans continue to believe the US remains at risk of nuclear conflict, and they support maintenance of a stockpile of nuclear weapons to ensure the safety of the country.

  • Opinion Poll: What do you think we should do with the Japanese Emperor after the war?, June 29, 1945, American Institute for Public Opinion
    As World War II comes to a close, before the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a third of Americans believe that the Japanese Emperor should be executed after the conflict.