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Poll: Voters Reluctant to Engage Directly in War Vs. ISIS, Taliban

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By    |   Friday, 19 Dec 2014 03:36 PM

Despite being horrified by the Dec. 16 attack on a Pakistani school that killed 145, mostly children, American voters are reluctant to provide direct assistance to tracking down the killers, according to a new Rasmussen Reports poll.

Of 1,000 voters surveyed nationally, only 42 percent believe the U.S. should help Pakistan track down those responsible, compared with 32 percent who are opposed to getting involved.

The poll, which was conducted on Dec. 17-18, found that 27 percent were unsure.

The Taliban, which has claimed responsibility for attack in Peshawar, targeted the Army Public School and Degree College because many of those enrolled were children of soldiers, reports CNN.

In an email, the terrorist group defended the assault, saying most of the students were "following the path of their fathers and brothers to take part in the fight against the tribesmen" in Pakistan.

The reluctance expressed by voters is also reflected in a survey taken shortly after President Barack Obama announced an expansion of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.

A November Rasmussen Reports survey found that 39 percent of said they considered the war in Afghanistan as a "vital national security interest." While an equal percentage of Americans said they disagreed, that number was down from 48 percent in a poll conducted six months earlier.

After the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, many Americans are reluctant to become involved, particularly in the Middle East. However, they appear more willing to take military action when it concerns battling the Islamic State (ISIS).

Among those who participated in an October Pew Research survey, 57 percent approve of the U.S. military campaign against the Islamic State, compared with only 33 percent who voiced disapproval.

That percentage is similar to the findings of a September survey conducted by Gallup.

In that survey, 60 percent of Americans approved of U.S. military action against Islamic militants, which is slightly lower than the average 68 percent approval for 10 previous military engagements.

"Americans' level of support for the current military action against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria is below the historical average for support for other U.S. military interventions over the past 31 years, but still represents a majority of Americans. This marks a rare instance in which Republicans and Democrats share basically the same attitudes," write Gallup's Frank Newport and Jeffrey Jones.

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Despite being horrified by the Dec. 16 attack on a Pakistani school that killed 145, mostly children, American voters are reluctant to provide direct assistance to tracking down the killers, according to a new Rasmussen Reports poll.
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