Just as asking people what they think of Obamacare versus the Affordable Care Act demonstrates that many in this country oppose policies simply because the president supports them, so too does asking them about ISIS/ISIL and what the U.S. should do about the terror group.
A recent CNN/ORC poll found that 76 percent favor further airstrikes against ISIS/ISIL, 62 percent favor giving military aid to forces fighting against the group, and 83 percent favor giving humanitarian aid to those fleeing them and their brutal tactics.
The poll also found that 62 percent oppose putting boots on the ground by sending U.S. combat troops into the fight.
While they do support taking these actions against ISIS/ISIL, 70 percent of those polled think that the president should seek the approval of Congress before he takes any of these steps.
The majority of the respondents, 90 percent, fear that ISIS/ISIL is a threat to the U.S., with 45 percent saying that the threat is “very serious” which is roughly equal to the number who said that al Qaeda was a serious threat after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The number of people who say that terrorism is the nation’s number one problem has increased four fold since the last election and 55 percent of respondents say that they are angry over the beheading of two American journalists by ISIS/ISIL.
While the poll shows that the public is supportive of all the actions that the president has taken against ISIS/ISIL, only 37 percent approve of his handling of the threat, indicating that the real problem those among those who disapprove of his policies is not with the policies, but with the man whose policies they are.
While most of those polled think that there is an imminent danger of an attack on U.S. soil from ISIS/ISIL, the president has said that there is no “immediate intelligence.”
The president will speak to the nation on Wednesday to discuss his strategy for dealing with ISIS/ISIL and is meeting with congressional leaders on Tuesday to lay out his plans to them.
While he has given no specifics on what actions he may take against the threat, he has stated that there will be no combat troops on the ground in either Iraq or Syria.
“Americans are significantly less reluctant to use military force than they were a year ago,” said CNN Polling Director, Keating Holland, “and the number who say that terrorism is the country’s most important problem has quadrupled, making it second only to the economy on the list of top problems in the public’s mind.”
Watch a video on the report from CNN below.