Poll: Few think ISIS will be destroyed within year

Poll: Few think ISIS will be destroyed within year
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Just 17 percent of voters think it’s likely the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) will be destroyed in the next year, according to a poll released Monday.

In the Rasmussen Reports poll, 68 percent of likely voters surveyed said they think ISIS is a very serious threat to the United States, and another 20 percent said they think the terrorist group is a somewhat serious threat. Only 1 percent of respondents in the most recent poll said ISIS wasn’t a threat at all.  

Pollsters found increased concern over the ISIS threat. Last month, 60 percent thought ISIS was a very serious threat.  

The poll was conducted after ISIS-claimed attacks in Brussels last week that killed at least 31 people, including at least four Americans, and renewed anxiety about the terror group's threat and reach.

The attacks prompted a new round of criticism of President Obama’s strategy to defeat ISIS, but the Pentagon declared at the end of last week “the momentum of this campaign is now clearly on our side” while touting the deaths of senior ISIS leaders.   

Fewer Democrats than Republicans in the new poll said they consider ISIS a serious threat, but large majorities in both parties still held that view. Ninety-six percent of Republicans said ISIS is a very serious or somewhat serious threat, compared to 86 percent of Democrats.

Few in either party are optimistic about destroying ISIS in the next year, as well. For Republicans, 11 percent said they think it’s very likely or somewhat likely, while 26 percent of Democrats held that view.

Meanwhile, 87 percent of Republicans said they think it’s not very likely or not at all likely ISIS will be destroyed in a year, compared with 69 percent of Democrats.

The survey of 1,000 likely U.S. voters was conducted March 24 and 27. The margin of error is 3 percentage points.