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CNN Poll: Americans Believe Terrorists Are Winning

CNN Poll: Americans Believe Terrorists Are Winning
March 09
10:55 2016 According to a new CNN/ORC poll, Americans believe terrorists are winning the war over the United States more so than at any other point since the 9/11 attacks.

In August 2007, 61% of those polled were unsatisfied with the war against terror. Now, after attacks across the world like the recent ones in Paris and San Bernardino, this number has risen to almost 75%. How does this break down across each political party? Surprisingly, even Democrats are concerned with how the war on terror is playing out with Obama in control. Of those polled, 59% of Democrats were unhappy with the war on terror, in comparison to 79% of independents and 86% of Republicans.

Forty percent of Americans believe that the terrorists are winning the war. Although this may not seem like a significant number, this is up 17 percentage points from the 23% that believed this in August 2005. So, how many Americans believe the U.S. and our allies are winning? A pathetic 18%. While most Democrats (52%) believe that both parties are equal in the fight, the majority of Republicans (55%) think the terrorists have the upper hand.

Americans are still hopeful that the government can and will intervene with preventing terrorist attacks on our own soil. Over half of Americans poll believe the government has the power to prevent attacks from occurring, however many of these people also believe they won’t take the steps necessary to do so.

Despite this faith that the government could step in and prevent attacks, fear that the attacks will happen in the U.S. are at an all-time high. Forty-five percent of those polled worry that terrorism will impact either themselves or one of their loved ones, meaning they fear an attack close to home.

As for Americans thoughts on the White House? Only 17% have a great deal of confidence in the White House’s plan to prevent terrorism and protect our home soil. Obama does not fare so well in other areas, either. Over half, 52% of Americans do not approve of Obama’s performance as President, an even higher percentage, 60% disapprove of how he deals with terrorism, and a yet even higher percentage, 64% do not think he is handling ISIS properly.

Despite the increased fear in attacks at home and worries about how to handle terrorism, in general, Americans are still not in favor of putting troops on the ground to fight ISIS, with only 49% agreeing it is necessary. In addition, the majority of Americans (57%) still refuse to even consider America is at war, instead referring to it as a military conflict.

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