Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Support US Ground Troops Against ISIS

Alex Griswold Media Reporter
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According to a new Quinnipiac poll, American voters strongly support sending ground troops to defeat ISIS by more than a 2-to-1 margin.

When asked, “Would you support or oppose the U.S. sending ground troops to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria?” 62 percent say “yes,” while only 30 percent say “no.” Even among Democrats, a majority (53 percent) say they support the use of ground troops.

President Barack Obama has been steadfast in demanding an authorization of forces against ISIS that would preclude the use of ground troops. Perhaps unsurprisingly then, the poll finds American voters are also not happy with Obama’s handling of ISIS; only 35 percent say they approve, while 55 disapprove. (RELATED: Nearly Three-Fourths Of Americans Think Obama Has No Clear ISIS Strategy)

Likewise, only 35 percent of respondents say they approve of Obama’s handling of foreign policy, with 55 percent saying they disapprove, while 39 percent say they approve of his handling of terrorism and 54 percent disapprove. These represent the lowest numbers for Obama since Quinnipiac began asking both questions in 2009.

Quinnipiac surveyed 1,286 registered voters nationwide between Feb. 26 and March 2, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percent.

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