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NBC Poll: 70 Percent Don't Believe US Will Defeat ISIS

By    |   Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 10:50 AM

Nearly 70 percent of Americans surveyed don't believe the United States will succeed in wiping out Islamic State (ISIS) militants, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll.

According to the poll, 68 percent have "very little" or "just some" confidence in President Barack Obama's goal of eliminating the threat of ISIS. Only 28 percent had "a great deal" or "quite a bit" of confidence in Obama's goals.

That said, 62 percent say they support the used of air power against ISIS in Syria as laid out by the president in a Wednesday address to the nation. Twenty-two percent oppose the plan.

"The bottom line: The president has made his case to the American public, and like other presidents who faced war and peace issues, support usually follows," Democratic pollster Peter Hart said of the survey he helped conduct. "The difference in this military encounter is that, right out of the box, Americans are skeptical if this will work."

The poll also showed that only 38 percent of Americans think Obama is doing an effective job on foreign policy.

A poll from last week showed that 65 percent think action against ISIS is in America's interest. That number rose to 68 percent after some of those polled were re-contacted after Obama's speech.

Twenty-six percent of those who were contacted again said the speech gave them a more favorable opinion of Obama. Twenty percent had a less favorable view, and 53 percent did not change their opinion.

The poll contacted 554 registered voters between September 11 and 13. It has a margin of error of plus-minus 5.5 percentage points. The poll of re-contacted voters was conducted during the same time and spoke to 207 people.

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Nearly 70 percent of Americans surveyed don't believe the United States will succeed in wiping out Islamic State (ISIS) militants, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll. According to the poll, 68 percent have very little or just some confidence...
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