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Majority Of Voters Wish Obama Had A Plan To Neutralize ISIS

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Majority Of Voters Wish Obama Had A Plan To Neutralize ISIS

09.02.14 03:45 PM

A majority of voters believe that the Islamic State terror group poses a significant threat to the U.S. and, though reluctant to commit troops to the Middle East, are concerned that President Barack Obama has yet to formulate a comprehensive response to the jihadists recent gains in the region.

Asked during a press briefing last week how he intended to deal with ISIS advances in Syria, Obama responded, “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet.”

The president’s nonchalance about the ISIS threat, according to new polling data out from Rasmussen, is a concern for many Americans. Sixty-seven percent of likely U.S. voters polled expressed concerns that the Islamic State directly threatens the U.S., compare to just 13 percent who remain unworried about the terror group.

And while just 30 percent of respondents supported the idea of putting U.S. boots on the ground in the Middle East to deal with ISIS, 73 percent said they are worried that the president has yet to present an ISIS response plan to the American people.

Broken down along party lines, Rasmussen reports “just 52% of Democrats consider ISIS a serious threat to the United States, compared to 82% of Republicans and 70% of voters not affiliated with either major party.”

Tellingly, there is also a disconnect between average voters’ feelings about the president’s handling of ISIS and views held among members of the political class.

“Sixty-four percent (64%) of the Political Class think the administration has done a good or excellent job responding to the threat from ISIS,” Rasmussen reports. “Fifty-three percent (53%) of Mainstream voters rate the administration’s performance in this area as poor.

“Fifty-four percent (54%) of voters who consider ISIS a serious threat to the United States believe the administration has done a poor job. By a 40% to 33% margin, these voters favor sending U.S. troops to Iraq.”

Two weeks after alleged footage of Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley surfaced a video purporting to show the execution of American freelance journalist Steven Sotloff has emerged. The second video of ISIS murdering a U.S. citizen has prompted calls from U.S. lawmakers for the president to take swift and decisive actions to eliminate the terror group.

“Let there be no doubt, we must go after ISIS right away because the U.S. is the only one that can put together a coalition to stop this group that’s intent on barbaric cruelty,” said a statement from Democratic Florida Sen. Bill Nelson.

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