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Poll: Most Americans Fear ISIS, Support Military Action

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By    |   Monday, 08 Sep 2014 05:59 PM

The majority of Americans support military action against the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group even as they are increasingly worried about President Barack Obama's leadership, according to a new poll.

The CNN/ORC poll shows 76 percent of Americans support additional airstrikes against ISIS targets, while 7 in 10 Americans think ISIS has the capabilities to attack the United States.

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But Americans are simply not happy with how Obama has addressed the ISIS situation. Only 30 percent of Americans think that he has a clear plan for dealing with ISIS.

The president's approval rating is 43 percent; 55 percent disapprove of how he is handling his role as commander-in-chief.

Sixty-two percent of those polled are in favor of providing military aid to those who are fighting ISIS on the ground.

However, the numbers show that 61 percent of Americans are opposed to putting U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria to fight the terrorist group.

President Obama is scheduled to meet with congressional leaders on Tuesday to discuss the threat ISIS poses to America, and he will address the nation Wednesday about the situation, on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

During an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press," Obama said he is still opposed to putting boots on the ground to engage ISIS militants.

The CNN/ORC poll numbers show that 45 percent of Americans think ISIS poses a "very serious threat to the U.S." Eleven years ago, CNN reports that 49 percent of Americans had the same opinion of al-Qaida.

"Americans are significantly less reluctant to use military force than they were a year ago, 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," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland told the network.

The poll results also reveal that 14 percent of Americans think terrorism is the most important problem the country is facing at the moment. That is second to the economy (30 percent). Four years ago, 3 percent thought terrorism was the No. 1 cause of worry.

Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday she thinks ISIS fighters are the "No. 1 threat" to the United States.

A report Monday claims that ISIS militants are using American-made and American-issued weapons, including assault rifles, anti-tank weapons, and shoulder-mounted rockets.

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