More Americans fear war than nuclear accident: poll

Tue May 3, 2011 2:45pm EDT
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Despite the problems at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, more Americans are worried about another world war than a nuclear accident, oil shortages or an alien invasion, according to a new poll.

Nearly 40 percent of American questioned in the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair survey said they feared a third world war, compared to 28 percent who fretted about a nuclear accident.

The telephone poll of 10,021 people also showed that about one in three Americans dreads receiving a jury summons more than any other piece of mail, followed by 27 percent who did not look forward to getting a letter about their mortgage and 22 percent who feared their credit card statement.

The percentage of people dreading their jury summonses rose to 36 percent for those making over $100,000 a year, and 34 percent for those who make between $50,000 and $100,000.

More than half of Americans believe that if people can fight for their country they should be allowed to drink alcohol, while 34 percent said they believed that the age for military service should be raised from 18 to 21.

Only 20 percent said they thought the drinking age should be lowered from 21 to 18, although 27 percent of those under 30 said that it should.

Over 40 percent said the drinking and military age regulations should remain where they are.

Most American said they would prefer to grow old in the countryside, rather than the suburbs. Only 15 percent said they want to spend their golden years in a city.

(Reporting by Bernd Debusmann Jr., editing by Patricia Reaney)

 
<p>An aerial view taken from a helicopter from Japan's Self-Defence Force shows damage to the No. 4 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in this handout taken March 16, 2011 and released March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO)/Handout</p>