Poll: Republicans Say Obama, Democrats Pose ‘Imminent’ Threat To US

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Rachel Stoltzfoos Staff Reporter
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One third of Americans say President Barack Obama poses a greater threat to the United States than Russia’s Vladimir Putin or Syria’s Bashar al-Assad.

An online Reuters/Ipsos poll in March asked Republicans and Democrats to rate a list of potential threats to the United States on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being no threat and 5 being an “imminent” threat. A greater percentage of Republicans rated Obama as an imminent threat than Putin or Assad, reported Reuters.

Thirty-four percent of Republicans said Obama is an imminent threat, compared to 25 percent who said Putin is an imminent threat, and 23 percent who said Assad is an imminent threat.

While Putin has gotten aggressive in Ukraine, Assad is widely believed to have used chemical weapons on his own people. Obama has been heavily criticized for his handling of Putin and Assad, and for working to negotiate a “bad” nuclear deal with Iran.

Asked to rate the threat level of the Democratic Party, 27 percent of Republicans said the party poses an imminent threat to the U.S., compared to 22 percent of Democrats who rated the Republican Party as an imminent threat.

Both parties consistently rated terror attacks as an imminent threat. Fifty-eight percent of all respondents said the Islamic State poses an imminent threat, and 43 percent said al Qaeda poses an imminent threat.

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