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Majority disapproves of Obama’s handling of ISIS

A majority of Americans are unhappy with how President Obama is handling the U.S. fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to a new poll.

{mosads}Some 51 percent of respondents in the CBS News poll released Wednesday said they disapprove of the job the president is doing with the radical jihadist group, while 4 in 10 approved. Those numbers are slightly worse than a month ago, when 48 percent disapproved of how Obama was approaching the situation.

The survey also found that voters gave Republicans a substantial advantage on the issue of terrorism, with 53 percent saying the GOP does a better job on the issue. By contest, fewer than a third, 32 percent, favored Democrats on the subject.

And 54 percent said a terror attack against the U.S. homeland is somewhat or very likely — similar to last month but up 10 points from March of this year.

The results are a break from recent surveys that suggested the American public was rallying behind the president over his strategy to confront ISIS. An ABC News/Washington Post poll released last week gave Obama a 50 percent to 44 percent advantage on dealing with ISIS.

But since then, the terror group has released another graphic video depicting the beheading of a British aid worker. The group has also achieved substantial progress toward capturing the town of Kobani, a primarily Kurdish town six miles from the Turkish border. U.S. airstrikes have thus far proven ineffective in preventing the advance.

President Obama is scheduled to travel to the Pentagon on Wednesday to meet with members of the senior military leadership and discuss the strategy against ISIS. The president will also meet with his national security staff later at the White House.

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