Poll: GOP fears about Islamic terrorism higher now than post-9/11
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Republicans are more concerned about Islamic terrorism now than they were after the 9/11 attacks, according to a new poll.

Seventy-five percent of GOP adults say Islamic terrorism is a “critical threat” in the Chicago Council on Global Affairs survey released Monday.


Seventy percent gave the same answer in 2002, the year after 2,996 people were killed in four coordinated attacks targeting the U.S.

Forty percent saw Islamic terrorism as a “critical threat” in 1998, the last time the question was asked before 9/11.

This year’s response is up 9 points from 66 percent last year, and up 27 points from the 48 percent mark in 2014.

Monday’s results also found high Republican support for tough counterterrorism measures including military action overseas and torture.

Seventy-two percent support U.S. combat troops fighting terrorism abroad, for example, while 69 percent back sending trainers and special operations forces to places where terrorists operate.

Sixty-four percent, meanwhile, support the use of torture against suspected terrorists.

Eighty-two percent also favor drone strikes against suspected terrorists, while 81 percent approve of manned aircraft performing similar operations.

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs conducted its latest survey of 2,061 adults via online interviews from June 10-27 nationwide. It has a 4.1 to 5.7 percent margin of error depending on the question to Republican respondents.

The poll comes as GOP nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE has made fighting terrorism a centerpiece of his campaign.

Trump unveiled his plan for battling terrorism during a speech last week, pitching “extreme vetting” of immigrants to protect the homeland from radical Islam.

“The common thread linking the major Islamist terrorist attacks that have recently occurred on our soil ... is that they have involved immigrants or children of immigrants,” he said on Aug. 15.

“We should only admit into this country those that share our values and respect our people,” he added.

Trump also suggested an international conference aimed at strengthening the coalition aligned against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

In addition, the billionaire has vowed to create a commission on radical Islam, keep the Guantánamo Bay prison camp open, and stop trying terrorists in civilian courts.