The political and military turmoil in North and South Korea has Americans worried about the safety of Team USA at this month’s winter Olympics.
A new Marist College Institute for Public Opinion survey just released said 60 percent of Americans are worried about the safety of American athletes.
“There have been security problems in the past at the Olympics,” said Lee M. Miringoff, director of the institute. “People understand this isn’t the calmest place in the world right now.”
The poll found that a majority, 53 percent, are worried that “terrorism will disrupt the games in PyeongChang.”
Key results from the survey titled, "Americans Worried about Safety of Olympians, Fear Terrorist Attack:"
- 60 percent are concerned for the safety of the American athletes. 21 percent are very concerned about their well-being
- Republicans (69 percent) and Americans 60 and older (69 percent) are more likely than others to express worry.
- 53 percent are either or very concerned (16 percent) or concerned (37 percent) that terrorism will disrupt the games in PyeongChang. 44 percent are either not too concerned (28 percent) or are not concerned at all (16 percent).
- Americans age 45 or older (60 percent), those without a college degree (60 percent), and women (59 percent) are more likely than younger residents (47 percent), those with a college degree (45 percent), and men (48 percent) to worry that a terrorist attack will occur at this month’s Winter Olympics.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org