Americans have become increasingly worried about ISIS over the last six months. However, their confidence in the ability of federal government and the armed forces to fight the ruthless extremist group is lessening, according to a CNN/ORC international poll.
The new poll shows that 80 percent of Americans find ISIS as a very serious threat to the U.S. This is a 13 percent increase from a poll done in September of last year. Only 6 percent of those that were polled said ISIS does not pose a serious threat to the U.S. and the Middle East. Over 56 percent of respondents find the group as a “very serious” threat to the U.S., while 25 percent said ISIS poses a “fairly serious” threat. Around 14 percent characterized ISIS as a “somewhat serious” threat.
With ISIS claiming responsibility of the attacks at the Bardo Museum yesterday in Tunisia that left 22 dead, Americans are becoming uneasy that other attacks will follow, possibly in the U.S. Currently, 79 percent of Americans believe that the battle against the extremist group will escalate into a regional war, up from 65 percent in the September poll. As ISIS is listed in headlines around the world, many Americans have a decreased confidence that the U.S. will successfully prevent ISIS from conducting other attacks and heinous executions of innocent civilians.
By Alex Lemieux
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