Terrorism Now Tops List of Voter Concerns
Terrorism topped the list of important issues in the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
Last month, only 4 percent of Americans saw terrorism as the most important issue, but in the newest poll, the number had quadrupled to 19 percent.
Following terrorist attacks in Paris and in San Bernardino, California, the poll said Americans are more fearful about the likelihood of another terrorist attack than at any other time since the weeks after Sept. 11, 2001. Most of the survey was conducted before Donald Trump suggested temporarily blocking Muslims from entering the U.S.
More than four in 10 Americans — 44% — believe an attack is “very” likely to happen in the next few months. And 70% say that ISIS is a major threat to America’s security.
Nearly 60% of people are “very” concerned about the threat of terrorism against Americans committed by elements entering the U.S. from other countries. And 63% are “very” concerned about the threat of terrorism against Americans committed by people currently living in the U.S. who are inspired by foreign extremists.
Most Americans — 57% — disapprove of President Barack Obama’s handling of terrorism, with 70% saying the fight against ISIS is going badly.
The telephone poll of 1,275 adults was conducted from Dec. 4 to 8, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3%.
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