Nearly one in three Swedes, 29 percent, think that the US is the biggest threat to peace on earth, the poll, commissioned by Axess Television, reveals.
Around 1,000 people answered the question “Which of the following countries do you consider to be the greatest threat to world peace”. Respondents could choose between six countries – Israel, China, Russia, the United States, North Korea and Iran.
North Korea was a close runner up to the United States – 28 percent of respondents thought that the secretive communist dictatorship was most dangerous.
Iran was in third place, at 18 percent. The poll results showed that more people between the ages of 16 and 29 saw America as the biggest threat, while a majority of those over 60 picked North Korea.
People’s opinions were strongly linked to their political preferences. Left and Green party voters were more likely to choose the US, with 68 percent of Left and 57 percent of Green Party voters believing that America was most dangerous. Only 20 percent of Moderate or Christian Democrat voters shared that view.