Majority of Americans predict World War III in next 40 years: poll
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A majority of Americans believe World War III is likely to happen in the next 40 years, a new poll shows.

Fifty-nine percent of Americans think a third World War will take place within four decades, compared to 64 percent in 2018, according to a YouGov poll released Monday.

The poll, which was released close to the 75th anniversary of D-Day — the landings in Normandy, France, that spurred the end of World War II — also found that 40 percent of Americans believe the U.S. and its allies could effectively collaborate to make D-Day possible today.


Thirty-six percent said this collaboration wouldn’t be feasible, the poll shows.

Despite beliefs that World War III might occur in the next few decades, the poll showed disagreement on when U.S. military intervention is justified.

A vast majority — 66 percent — said intervention in World War II was completely or somewhat justified, but other conflicts, including the Vietnam War and the current military engagement in Afghanistan, garnered less support, according to YouGov.

The War in Afghanistan — the nation’s longest ongoing military action — was deemed reasonable by 35 percent of Americans and unjustified by 42 percent. The split is largely partisan, with 56 percent of Republicans saying it’s justified and 55 percent of Democrats saying it’s not.