Most Americans favor ground troops against ISIS

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Large majorities of Americans now favor increased military action, including the use of ground forces, against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in the wake of last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris, a new poll says.  

Seventy-three percent support increased U.S. airstrikes against ISIS, and 60 percent back more ground forces — double the level of support for ground forces from summer 2014, according to the new poll by ABC News/Washington Post, published on Friday. 

{mosads}Fifty-nine percent of Americans say the U.S. is at war with radical Islam, the poll said. 

The numbers coincide with a near post-9/11 high of terrorism fears, after ISIS carried out attacks in Paris that killed at least 129. Eighty-one percent of Americans now see a major terrorist attack in the United States as likely.

That percent has been higher only once since the 9/11 terrorist attacks carried out by al Qaeda on Sept. 11, 2001. 

A majority also opposes admitting Mideast refugees into the U.S., according to the poll, which comes on the heels of a House vote to pass a bill that would impose additional restrictions on Iraqi and Syrian refugees into the country. 

That bill passed 289-137, with 47 Democrats in support and two Republicans against. That would have been enough to override a presidential veto, although there’s no guarantee the numbers would be the same in a subsequent vote.

Fifty-four percent oppose admitting refugees from Syria and other Mideast countries, while 43 percent are in favor, according to the poll. 

At the same time, 78 percent of Americans say that if refugees are admitted, they should be considered equally, without regard to their religion. Only 18 percent favor special consideration for Christians.  


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