Half of Americans Think A Nuclear Attack Is Likely

The average American thinks there's a 50-50 chance the U.S. will be subject to a nuclear attack.

The Stevens Institute of Technology surveyed 3,500 Americans and found about half think there will be a nuclear attack. The researchers think the number is high because of video games and movies that depict an atomic attack.

Even while half the population thinks a nuclear war is a possibility, few actually prepare for a nuclear attack.

According to StudyFinds.org: "Ultimately, the research team are hoping their work, which is part of a larger initiative called the Reinventing Civil Defense Project, can help develop new communication methods to keep a new generation of Americans informed when it comes to nuclear weapons, and in a worse case scenario, actions to take in the event of a legitimate attack."

The synopsis continues to say: "The study’s authors noted that younger adults who consume a lot of media tend to be more apathetic towards nuclear topics, and rarely seek out information on the subject. On the other hand, there didn’t seem to be any connection between older adults’ media habits and their interest in nuclear weapons."

The study is part of a larger initiative called the Reinventing Civil Defense Project.

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