Americans, Russians Favor Moves to Reduce and Abolish Nuclear Arms, Says Poll

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Results from a poll published in November 2007 indicate that significant majorities in both Russia and the United States support removing nuclear weapons from high alert levels. The survey respondents also overwhelmingly favored banning the production of weapons-grade nuclear material and—once advanced methods of international verification are established—eliminating nuclear weapons altogether. The survey was developed by the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland with funding from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Read the press release.

For more than 20 years, Carnegie Corporation has funded policy-level support for the reduction of nuclear weapons and their proliferation risk. With the end of the Cold War and the diminished potential of a nuclear confrontation between major world powers, the Corporation’s work evolved to address the potential nuclear threat posed by non-state actors and terrorist organizations. 

Carnegie Corporation of New York’s focus on peace and security reflects the primary concerns to which founder Andrew Carnegie devoted the foundation: international peace and advancing education and knowledge. Mr. Carnegie said, “Who so wants to share the heroism of battle let him join the fight against ignorance…and the mad idea that war is necessary.” He believed that war is wasteful, that diplomacy can resolve disputes without bloodshed and that nations can and should act collectively to prosecute cases of injustice when necessary.