America Preparing For World War III?

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( – A Reuters-Ipsos poll released on Wednesday found that the majority of Americans believe it is necessary for the U.S. to prepare more to face military threats from China following the tense relations between the two countries.

Overall, 66 percent of respondents believe that more military preparations are necessary to address possible threats. Those were divided along partisan lines with 81 percent of Republicans stating that increasing military preparations is necessary while only 58 percent of Democrats shared the same belief.

Still, despite believing that further preparation only a minority of Americans believe that it is necessary for the U.S. to deploy troops to Taiwan in preparation for a possible attack. Specifically, 38 percent supported the possible deployment of U.S. troops, while 42 percent were against that move. Twenty percent stated they were not sure about whether or not troops should be deployed.

Taiwan is a self-governing island off of Eastern China which has been a central point in the relationship between Beijing and Washington. While China has claimed that Taiwan is part of their country, the U.S. has acknowledged the “one China” policy while also not fully accepting it. In the past few months there have also been meetings between Taiwan officials and U.S. lawmakers which have caused further strain on the relationship.

The poll included 1,005 respondents, 346 of whom were Republicans and 443 were Democrats. It was conducted from August 14 to 15 and it has a 4 percent margin of error.

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