Americans have lost confidence in President Obama’s capacity to protect them from Islamic terror networks around the globe.
A CNN/ORC poll released Monday shows a level of pessimism on combating terrorism not seen since the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks perpetrated by al-Qaida.
“Americans are very nervous about the possibility of another terror attack in the U.S. after what happened in Paris and San Bernardino. It appears as though the public has simply lost confidence in the Obama administration’s ability to stop a terrorist attack and defeat ISIS,” CNN’s Jim Acosta said Monday.
Pollsters asked 1,018 Americans to rate Obama’s performance against terrorist threats Dec. 17 through Dec. 21. The survey’s margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.
Some of CNN’s findings include:
- 18 percent of Americans say the U.S. is winning its battle against Islamic terror networks.
- 40 percent say the U.S. is at a stalemate with Islamic radicals.
- 59 percent of Democrats are uneasy with Obama’s attempts to keep America safe from terrorists.
- 79 percent of independents are unhappy with the president’s anti-terrorism approach.
- 17 percent of Americans have a great deal of confidence in Obama’s ability to protect the nation.
The new poll comes just one day after military officials told the Hill that Obama will receive a “new narrative” to explain his anti-ISIS strategy.
Obama came under fire for saying ISIS was “contained” just one day prior to the Nov. 13 terror attacks in Paris, France, that killed 129 and injured more than 350. He then responded to the San Bernardino, California, terror attack on Dec. 2 by emphasizing the need for more gun-control laws.
Muslim radicals Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife Tashfeen Malik, 27, killed 14 and wounded 21 at a center for those with developmental disabilities.
Every bit of good news Obama touts, such as the Iraqi government’s claim on Monday that its forces have wrestled control of Ramadi from ISIS after nearly seven months, seems to be negated by developments elsewhere.
The Washington Post reported Sunday that Afghanistan is struggling to cope with the Taliban. The newspaper said roughly 30 percent of districts across the nation are held by Taliban forces, which is more territory than in any year since 2001.
“We have not met the people’s expectations. We haven’t delivered,” Abdullah Abdullah, the country’s chief executive, said during a private meeting in October to top American and Afghan officials, the newspaper reported. “Our forces lack discipline. They lack rotation opportunities. We haven’t taken care of our own policemen and soldiers. They continue to absorb enormous casualties.”
Approximately 7,000 members of the Afghan security forces have been killed this year, with 12,000 injured, a Western official told the Post.