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Poll: Climate Change Is Top Global Worry, But Americans Fear Islamic State More

| by Michael Allen

Americans are worried more about Islamic State group than global warming, a new poll finds.

The Pew Research Center's recent survey found that 42 percent of Americans were "very concerned" about global warming, but 68 percent were worried about Islamic State group, which is based thousands of miles away in Syria and Iraq.

The poll found 62 percent of Americans are concerned about Iran's nuclear program.

The survey noted that 62 percent of Democrats are "are very concerned about climate change," but only 20 percent of Republicans are worried.

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The International Business Times notes that the only global issue that Americans are less concerned about than global warming is China's relationships with its neighbors. China does possess nuclear weapons, while Iraq and Islamic State group do not.

Pew Research Center interviewed 45,435 people in 40 countries.

Pew Research Center said that people in "19 of 40 nations surveyed cite climate change as their biggest worry, making it the most widespread concern of any issue included in the survey."

The nations most concerned about climate change were Burkina Faso, 79 percent; Brazil and Peru, 75; Uganda, 74; India, 73; and the Philippines, 72.

Sources: Pew Research Center, International Business Times / Image credit: USDA