Poll: Most think terror attack in Sochi somewhat likely

Most voters think it is at least somewhat likely a terrorist attack will take place at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, next month, according to a new poll. 

A Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday found 12 percent of people think an attack is “very likely,” while 38 percent said it is “somewhat likely.” Twenty-six percent said it is "somewhat unlikely," and 19 percent said it is "very unlikely."

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Concern has dropped slightly since a similar poll earlier this month found 15 percent of people said an attack was “very likely.” That poll came only weeks after a pair of suicide bombers in the country killed more than 30 people. 

Republicans are the most likely to expect an attack. Fifty-eight percent of GOP voters think it is at least somewhat likely there will be an attack. Another 51 percent of independents said the same. Only 41 percent of Democrats think an attack is at least somewhat likely. 

The poll surveyed 1,933 registered voters and has a 2.2-percent margin of error. 

A number of U.S. officials have expressed concerns about security at the games, which are slated to begin Feb. 7. President Obama held a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday in which he again offered full assistance in securing the games. 

Earlier on Wednesday, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said the Olympic Village in Sochi is well protected, and there had been no specific threats to U.S. athletes after visiting the site. 

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Wednesday expressed concern about security at the games but did not advise fans against attending. Over the weekend, Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) said he would not want to go or take his family when talking about security concerns.