The Obama administration continues to insist that “climate change” is the greatest national security threat the U.S. faces. At the same time, President Obama, Hillary Clinton and other senior Democrats refuse to say America is at war with “radical Islamic terrorism” and insists that ISIS is not Islamic.
But a new Rasmussen poll found that 60% of likely U.S. voters believe the United States is at war with radical Islamic terrorism. Just 24% share the president’s position and disagree, while 16% are undecided.
Even 56% of Democrats believe America is at war with radical Islamic terrorism, a view shared by 70% of Republicans and 54% of voters not affiliated with either major party.
A staggering 92% of all voters now regard radical Islamic terrorism as a serious threat to the United States. This includes 73% who say it is a Very Serious one — up 23 points from 50% in October of last year.
Voters are also more reluctant now to agree with Obama that ISIS, which claimed to mastermind the massacres in Paris last week, is not a reflection of Islam itself. 46% still thinks the president is right when he says ISIS does not represent true Islamic beliefs, but that’s down noticeably from 58% who felt that way in February after the president gave a speech equating the atrocities committed by ISIS with past sins of Christianity.
35% now believe ISIS does represent Islamic beliefs, while one-in-five voters (19%) are not sure.
More than half of U.S. governors oppose Obama’s plan to bring 10,000 of those refugees to this country since the Paris attacks, leading to the House passing a bill “pausing” Obama’s plan on Thursday, although the bill still has to go through the Senate.
Voters strongly believe, however, that the Syrian refugees pose a national security risk, and most oppose settling them in the state where they live.