60% of Americans worry about safety of Olympic team

February 8, 2018

Sixty percent of Americans are worried about the safety of the U.S. athletes who are competing in the Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang, South Korea, starting tomorrow and going through February 25, based on findings of a Marist Poll released on February 6.

Among the 1,033 adults polled, 21% are “very concerned” about the security of Team USA and 39% are “concerned,” while 25% are “not too concerned” and 14% are “not concerned at all.”

Republicans (69%), as well as Americans age 60 and older (69%), are more likely than others to express apprehension.

“There have been security problems in the past at the Olympics,” said Dr. Lee Miringoff, director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. “People understand this isn’t the calmest place in the world right now.”

Terrorism is feared by many—among them, Americans age 45 or older (60%), those without a college degree (60%), and women (59%) are more likely than younger residents (47%), those with a college degree (45%) and men (48%).

Research contact: TheMaristPoll@marist.edu

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