A new poll confirms that for the first time in more than a decade, terrorism beats out the economy as voters’ top concern.
The latest CBS News poll reveals that terrorism beat out the economy as the top-ranked concern with 14 percent of voters — with just 12 percent registering the economy at their main worry.
Not stopping there, the poll also sought to tap into the nation’s fear monitor in the wake of the latest jihadist attacks by asking American voters whether they thought another terrorist attack within the next few months will be very likely, with a strong 44 percent agreeing. This is a 16-point increase from two weeks ago, according to CBS, which indicates that the latest terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif., escalated Americans’ fear to the highest level that has been recorded since the 9/11 Islamic terror attacks on home soil.
In addition, the CBS poll determined that Americans respondents believe that a future Islamic terror attack will most likely come from terrorists who are already living in the United States — not by those living overseas coming into the country as terrorist operatives for international jihadist cells.
Such terror attacks by Islamic militants evoked the fear of twice as many Americans than those concerned about another random mass-shooting, as just 23 percent of respondents indicated they were “very concerned” about this kind of random act of terrorism happening (compared to 44 percent fearful of a specific jihadist attack).
Fears not abating
It was also reported that 70 percent of Americans consider ISIS as a specific source of their anxiety — a terrorist group that President Barack Obama discounted as nothing to worry about and not a major threat to the United States when he dubbed it as a “jayvee team” of terrorism. Furthermore a whopping 71 percent of those polled expressed fears that the fight against ISIS is going badly — not sharing Obama’s latest assurance that his plan to counter the terrorists will work.
According to conservative reports, such inflated numbers will be a problem for liberals across the nation looking a victory in the upcoming polls.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is believed to have such a decisive lead in the Republican primary because he has addressed Americans’ fears concerning terrorism head-on in the midst of global jihadist attacks. This was corroborated by another CBS poll conducted with the New York Times that was released Thursday.
Further establishing Americans’ growing fear about the nation’s susceptibility to terror attacks, the CBS poll revealed that Obama’s approval rating for the way he has dealt with terrorism has plummeted to 34 percent — an all-time low — compared to 57 percent of respondents who registered a record high 57-percent disapproval rate for the president on the matter.
To allay fears, the president attempted to assure Americans last Sunday that his war on terror was alive and well, but his address was not met with much enthusiasm and confidence, as CBS conducted its poll around the time of his oratory, but changes in Americans’ attitude on the topic were not likely swayed in response.
More progressive measures rejected
Gun control has been another issue that has hurt Democrats as of late in the wake of the San Bernardino terror attack, as more Americans are reportedly more concerned about being able to defend themselves and not willing to assuage the Leftist call to give up their Second Amendment right to bear arms.
Since October, the percentage of Americans supporting stricter gun control laws has dropped from 58 percent down to 51 percent. The CBS poll further found that an “assault weapons ban” was rejected by 50 percent of Americans, with only 44 percent supporting such a measure. This comes in light of Breitbart’s assertion that the question posed to voters was “possibly one of the most absurdly biased questions” presented to respondents “in the history of polling.” CBS further noted that voters opposed this measure for the first time since 1994.
In the strongly related issue of the United States absorbing the resettlement of Syrian refugees, Americans weighed in evenly, with about half opposing their acceptance and half in favor of it. However, when broken down by party lines, CBS found that approximately 66 percent of Democrats welcomed more Syrian refugees, while an overwhelming 75 percent of Republicans rejected the acceptance of the predominantly Islamic Middle Eastern immigrants.
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