Polls show grassroots has no faith in Obama to fight ISIS

  • 8 January 2016
  • NormanL
Poll shows grassroots has no faith in Obama to fight ISIS

Two new polls from our friends at FedUp PAC show grassroots conservatives want a stronger military response to ISIS, but also have little faith in President Obama's ability to wage an effective war against terrorism.

On the rules of military engagement, the poll finds:

The Obama administration may be divided over whether to get tough on the Islamic State, but conservative public opinion is solidly behind a more vigorous prosecution of the war, according to a poll by FedUp PAC.

A nearly-unanimous 97% called for a change in the rules of engagement that currently cause a majority of American planes to return to base without having dropped a bomb or fired a missile.  It often takes as long as an hour for a pilot to get a response to his request to attack, and 96% also supported taking steps to make approval faster. 

Changing the rules to give pilots more ability to make their own decision on attacking won 92% approval, while 77% said that Islamic state strongholds should be attacked even at the cost of civilian casualties.  Bombing mosques, if they are being used for military purposes such as storing weapons, would be allowed by 95%.

Sending at least 10,000 ground troops to fight in Syria and Iraq had 76% support, but only 31% favored the use of nuclear weapons.

State Department involvement in deciding the rules of engagement was seen as a hindrance, with 95% saying the State Department should have less influence.  However, State would still have an important role in the war since 97% wanted to persuade the Gulf States to play a larger and more active role in fighting the Islamic State.

But there is little confidence in the Administration's ability to fight:

Conservatives put little faith in President Obama’s strategy for the war against Islamic terrorists, according to a survey by FedUp PAC.  Only 4% rated the President’s performance as excellent or good, while 95% labeled it as poor.  The President’s speech following the San Bernardino terrorist attack made a mere 4% feel reassured about his strategy.

The possibility of getting help from the Muslim community, one of the foundation stones of the Obama strategy, was considered unlikely by 85%, while 94% expected Obama’s plan to bring in Syrian refugees would make it “much easier” for terrorists to continue their attacks in the United States.

Obama’s refusal to recognize that radical Islamic beliefs are the source of the terrorist threat was a concern for many, with 94% saying it was important for the President to acknowledge this truth.         

Sending US ground troops to Syria and Iraq to fight Islamic terrorists had 57% support, with 20% opposed and 23% undecided.  Donald Trump’s proposal for a halt in Muslim immigration to the United States was favored by 88%, while 73% agreed with Ben Carson’s idea of greater monitoring of internet activity.  Eliminating the visa program that allowed Tashfeen Malik to enter the US had 87% in favor.

Only 5% expressed confidence in the Department of Homeland Security.