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CNN/ORC Poll. April 28-May 1, 2016. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

 

"Would you say that the following represent a very serious threat to the United States, a moderately serious threat, just a slight threat, or no threat at all? The Islamic militant group often referred to as ISIS."

 

Very
serious
Moderately
serious
Just
slight
No threat
at all
Unsure
% % % % %

4/28 - 5/1/16

73 17 5 5 -

10/14-17/15

70 19 6 3 1

4/16-19/15

68 19 6 6 1

 

"Now here are a few questions about the Islamic militant group often referred to as ISIS that controls some areas of Iraq and Syria. The group is also sometimes referred to as ISIL, or as the Islamic State. As you may know, the U.S. has conducted airstrikes against ISIS forces in Iraq and in Syria and has special forces troops on the ground in both countries to advise and assist in fighting ISIS, but there are no U.S. combat troops fighting ISIS forces in either country.

"In general, how would you say things are going for the U.S. in its military action against ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria: very well, moderately well, moderately badly, or very badly?"

 

Very well Moderately
well
Moderately
badly
Very badly Unsure
% % % % %

4/28 - 5/1/16

7 38 35 19 2

11/27 - 12/1/15

5 33 35 25 2

10/14-17/15

4 27 36 31 2

5/29-31/15

2 36 32 29 1

2/12-15/15

5 36 37 21 1

10/24-26/14

5 43 33 16 3

 

"Overall, do you think the U.S. military response to ISIS has been too aggressive, not aggressive enough, or about right?" N=505 (Version A); margin of error 4.5

 

Too
aggressive
Not
aggressive
enough
About
right
Unsure
% % % %  

4/28 - 5/1/16

3 57 38 2  

11/27 - 12/1/15

4 68 26 2  

 

"Do you favor or oppose the United States sending ground troops into combat operations against ISIS forces in Iraq or Syria?" N=496 (Version B); margin of error 4.5

 

Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %    

4/28 - 5/1/16

48 48 4    

12/17-21/15

49 49 2    

11/27 - 12/1/15

53 45 2    

10/14-17/15

46 51 4    

8/13-16/15

47 51 2    

5/29-31/15

43 55 2    

2/12-15/15

47 50 3    

11/21-23/14

43 55 2    

10/24-26/14

45 53 2    

9/25-28/14

38 60 2    

 

"Just your best guess: Do you think there are terrorists associated with ISIS who are currently in the United States and have the resources to launch a major terrorist attack against the U.S. at any time, or not?"

 

There are There are
not
Unsure

 

% % %    

4/28 - 5/1/16

78 20 1    

11/27 - 12/1/15

81 16 3    

5/29-31/15

76 22 2    

9/5-7/14

71 27 2    

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Dec. 17-21, 2015. N=1,018 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

 

"Which of the following statements better describes your opinion of the current U.S. military action against ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria? The U.S. is at war with ISIS. The U.S. is involved in a military conflict with ISIS, but it is not at war." Options rotated

 

Is at war Is not
at war
Unsure

 

% % %    

12/17-21/15

40 57 3    

9/25-28/14

40 59 1    

 

Quinnipiac University. Dec. 16-20, 2015. N=1,140 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.9.

 

"Do you think that President Obama is taking the threat from ISIS seriously enough, or do you think President Obama is not taking the threat from ISIS seriously enough?"

 

Seriously
enough
Not seriously
enough
Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

12/16-20/15

44 54 2    

 

"Would you support or oppose the U.S. sending ground troops to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria?"

 

Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

12/16-20/15

52 40 8    

Republicans

75 17 8    

Democrats

41 52 7    

Independents

45 48 7    

 

11/23-30/15

54 41 6    

8/20-25/15

52 41 7    

 

"Do you think the United States and its allies are winning or losing the fight against ISIS?"

 

Winning Losing Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

12/16-20/15

25 57 18    

11/23-30/15

23 62 16    

8/20-25/15

21 57 22    

 

"Do you think that combating ISIS with overwhelming military force will be more likely to help end the terrorist threat, or do you think that combating ISIS with overwhelming military force will be more likely to create additional terrorist threats in the future?"

 

Help end
threat
Create
additional
threats
Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

12/16-20/15

52 35 13    

 

"Which of the following comes closest to your point of view? The U.S. should be leading the fight against ISIS. The U.S. should be a part of a coalition to fight ISIS, but not necessarily lead. OR, The U.S. should not be fighting ISIS."

 

Lead
the fight
Be part
of coalition
Not
fight
Unsure/
No answer
 
% % % %  

12/16-20/15

27 66 5 3  

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Nov. 27-Dec. 1, 2015. N=1,020 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

 

"Whose policies do you blame for the problems that the U.S. is currently facing in Iraq: the policies of George W. Bush or the policies of Barack Obama?"

 

Bush Obama Neither/
Both (vol.)
Unsure
% % % %  

11/27 - 12/1/15

42 39 17 1  

5/29-31/15

43 44 11 1  

 

CBS News Poll. Nov. 19-22, 2015. N=1,205 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

 

"How would you say things are going for the U.S. in its fight against the militant group ISIS in Iraq and Syria? Would you say things are going very well, somewhat well, somewhat badly, or very badly?"

 

Very
well
Somewhat
well
Somewhat
badly
Very
badly
Unsure/
No answer
% % % % %

11/19-22/15

3 26 33 29 9

11/6-10/15

2 19 36 36 7

7/29 - 8/2/15

2 26 36 28 8

4/30 - 5/3/15

2 25 34 30 8

3/21-24/15

2 26 34 31 8

2/13-17/15

2 26 34 33 6

10/23-27/14

3 30 33 24 9

 

"Do you think Barack Obama has a clear plan for dealing with ISIS militants, or not?"

 

Yes No Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

11/19-22/15

23 66 11    

3/21-24/15

25 64 11    

2/13-17/15

30 60 10    

10/23-27/14

29 61 10    

10/3-6/14

36 56 8    

9/12-15/14

35 55 10    

 

"Do you favor or oppose U.S. airstrikes against ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

11/19-22/15

75 17 8    

2/13-17/15

77 16 7    

10/23-27/14

71 20 9    

 

"Do you favor or oppose the U.S. sending ground troops into Iraq or Syria to fight ISIS militants?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

11/19-22/15

50 42 8    

Republicans

66 29 5    

Democrats

43 48 9    

Independents

45 46 8    

 

7/29 - 8/2/15

46 45 9    

3/21-24/15

43 46 10    

2/13-17/15

57 37 6    

10/23-27/14

47 46 6    

10/3-6/14

44 50 5    

9/12-15/14

39 55 6    

 

"Do you think the United States will be able to remove the threat from ISIS militants using airstrikes alone, or do you think ground troops will be necessary in order to remove the threat from ISIS militants?"

 

Airstrikes
alone
Ground troops
necessary
Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

11/19-22/15

20 63 17    

2/13-17/15

18 65 17    

10/23-27/14

19 64 17    

10/3-6/14

21 65 15    

 

"Do you think the United States should or should not take the leading role among all other countries in the fight against ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria?"

 

Should Should not Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

11/19-22/15

44 50 6    

 

"How concerned are you that U.S. intervention in Iraq and Syria will lead to a long and costly involvement there: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned or not at all concerned?"

 

Very
concerned
Somewhat
concerned
Not too
concerned
Not at all
concerned
Unsure/
No answer
% % % % %

11/19-22/15

46 37 10 5 2

2/13-17/15

43 42 10 3 2

10/23-27/14

48 37 8 5 2

10/3-6/14

53 34 7 4 2

9/12-15/14

40 43 12 4 2

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Nov. 16-19. N=1,004 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

 

"As you may know, the group called the Islamic State, or ISIS, has taken responsibility for attacks that killed about 130 people in Paris last week. Do you think the United States should or should not take part in a military response to these attacks?"

 

Should Should not Unsure
% % %

11/16-19/15

73 23 4

 

"As you may know, the group called the Islamic State, or ISIS, has taken responsibility for attacks that killed about 130 people in Paris last week. Do you think the United States should or should not take part in a military response to these attacks?"
If should take part:
"Do you think the United States should take a leading role in a military response to these attacks, or a supporting role?"
Options rotated
Combined responses.

 

Should:
Leading
Should:
Supporting
Should not Unsure
% % % %

11/16-19/15

23 50 23 4

 

 

"Do you support or oppose increased U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria?"

 

Support Oppose Unsure
% % %

11/16-19/15

73 23 4

 

"Do you support or oppose the increased use of U.S. ground forces against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria?"

 

Support Oppose Unsure
% % %

11/16-19/15

60 37 3

 

"Do you think the United States is at war with radical Islam, or not?"

 

At war Not at war Unsure
% % %

11/16-19/15

59 37 4

 

Bloomberg Politics Poll conducted by Selzer & Company. Nov. 16-17, 2015. N=628 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.9.

 

"Turning now to the conflict involving ISIS, the Islamic State. Do you think the U.S. should or should not send American troops to Iraq or Syria to fight the Islamic State?"

 

Should Should not Unsure
% % %

ALL

44 45 11

Republicans

64 27 9

Democrats

31 59 11

 

"Given the history between the two nations, do you think it is a good idea or bad idea for the U.S. to enter into a military coalition with Russia to combat Islamic terrorism?"

 

Good idea Bad idea Unsure
% % %

ALL

53 35 12

Republicans

59 31 10

Democrats

50 40 10

 

"Are you mostly confident or mostly not confident the U.S. has done enough to protect the homeland against an attack similar to what happened in Paris?"

 

Confident Not
confident
Unsure
% % %

ALL

48 46 6

Republicans

32 63 6

Democrats

62 34 4

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Aug. 13-16, 2015. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

 

"Do you favor or oppose the United States sending ground troops into combat operations against ISIS forces in Iraq or Syria?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure

 

% % %    

ALL

47 51 2    

Men

56 41 2    

Women

39 60 1    

Democrats

30 68 2    

Independents

47 51 2    

Republicans

68 30 1    

 

"How likely do you think it is that the U.S. will eventually send ground troops into combat operations against ISIS forces in Iraq or Syria: very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely or not likely at all?"

 

Very
likely
Somewhat
likely
Not too
likely
Not likely
at all
Unsure
% % % % %

8/13-16/15

35 40 14 9 2

5/29-31/15

28 42 20 8 1

9/25-28/14

36 39 17 7 1

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by Hart Research Associates (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R). June 14-18, 2015. N=approx. 500 adults nationwide.

 

"Now, as you may know, a terrorist group called ISIS that is operating in Syria and Iraq has declared an independent Islamic state. When it comes to the United States re-committing our military forces to Iraq to fight against ISIS, which of the following best describes your point of view? You favor sending troops in for as long as it takes to get the job done. You favor sending in troops for a short period to allow the Iraqi Army to take over. OR, You do not favor sending any troops in at all."

 

Send troops
for as long
as it takes
Send troops
for a short
period
Do not send
troops at all
Unsure
% % % %

6/14-18/15

28 32 38 2

 

CNN/ORC Poll. March 13-15, 2015. N=1,009 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

 

"Now here are a few questions about the Islamic militant group often referred to as ISIS that controls some areas of Iraq and Syria. The group is also sometimes referred to as ISIL or as the Islamic State. As you may know, the U.S. has conducted airstrikes against ISIS forces in Iraq and in Syria, but there are no U.S. combat troops fighting ISIS forces in either country.

"How serious a threat do you think ISIS poses to the United States: very serious, fairly serious, just somewhat serious, or not so serious?"

 

Very
serious
Fairly
serious
Just
somewhat
serious
Not so
serious
Unsure
% % % % %

3/13-15/15

56 24 14 6 -

11/21-23/14

53 20 16 10 -

9/25-28/14

45 23 23 8 1

9/5-7/14

45 22 23 10 -

 

"Regarding the situation in Iraq and Syria, how confident are you that the U.S. effort to degrade and destroy the military ability of ISIS forces will succeed? Are you very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not confident at all?" N=506 (Version A), margin of error 4.5

 

Very
confident
Somewhat
confident
Not too
confident
Not confident
at all
Unsure
% % % % %

3/13-15/15

21 35 27 16 1

11/21-23/14

18 40 29 13 1

10/24-26/14

16 38 29 16 1

9/25-28/14

19 42 26 12 1

 

"How worried are you that the military action against ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria will develop into a larger war that could spread throughout the region and other parts of the world? Would you say you are very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not worried at all?" N=503 (Version B), margin of error 4.5

 

Very
worried
Somewhat
worried
Not too
worried
Not worried
at all
% % % %  

3/13-15/15

30 49 14 6  

9/25-28/14

19 46 24 10  

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by Hart Research Associates (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R). March 1-5, 2015. N=approx. 500 adults nationwide.

 

"Now, as you may know, a terrorist group called ISIS that is operating in Syria and Iraq has declared an independent Islamic state. Now, would you say that the United States is very likely to succeed against ISIS, somewhat likely to succeed, not very likely to succeed, or not at all likely to succeed against ISIS?"

 

Very
likely to
succeed
Somewhat
likely to
succeed
Not very
likely to
succeed
Not at all
likely to
succeed
Depends
(vol.)/
Unsure
% % % % %

3/1-5/15

32 41 17 5 5

 

McClatchy-Marist Poll. March 1-4, 2015. N=1,253 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.8.

 

"Do you want your member of Congress to vote for or against President Obama's proposal to use U.S. military force against ISIS, the Islamic State group?"

 

For Against Unsure
% % %    

3/1-4/15

62 25 13    

 

"When it comes to combating ISIS, the Islamic State group, do you support the United States sending a large number of U.S. ground forces, sending a limited number of U.S. ground forces, or not sending U.S. ground forces at all?"

 

Large
number
Limited
number
None
at all
Unsure
% % % %  

3/1-4/15

24 41 27 7  

 

Pew Research Center. Feb. 18-22, 2015. N=1,504 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.9.

 

"Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the U.S. military campaign against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria?"

 

Approve Disapprove Unsure/
Refused

 

% % %

 

2/18-22/15

63 30 7

 

10/15-20/14

57 33 10

 

 

"How well is the U.S. military campaign against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria going: very well, fairly well, not too well, or not at all well?"

 

Very
well
Fairly
well
Not too
well
Not at
all well
Unsure/
Refused
% % % % %

2/18-22/15

7 30 38 20 5

10/15-20/14

5 29 38 21 8

 

"What concerns you more about the U.S. military action in Iraq and Syria? That the U.S. will go too far in getting involved in the situation. That the U.S. will not go far enough in stopping the Islamic militants." Options rotated

 

Will go
too far
Will not go
far enough
Both
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
% % % % %

2/18-22/15

46 49 1 1 4

10/15-20/14

47 43 1 2 7

9/11-14/14

41 41 3 6 9

 

"Would you favor or oppose the U.S. sending ground troops to fight Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure/
Refused

 

% % %

 

2/18-22/15

47 49 4

 

Republicans

67 31

 

 

Independents

48 48

 

 

Democrats

32 63

 

 

 

10/15-20/14

39 55 6

 

 

"Overall, do you think the United States and its allies will definitely succeed, probably succeed, probably fail, or definitely fail in their military campaign against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria?"

 

Definitely
succeed
Probably
succeed
Probably
fail
Definitely
fail
Unsure/
Refused
% % % % %

2/18-22/15

15 45 28 5 6

 

CBS News Poll. Feb. 13-17, 2015. N=1,006 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

 

"Barack Obama has asked Congress to authorize the use of military force against the militant group ISIS for three years with no geographical limitations. The authorization would allow using U.S. ground troops for limited operations but would rule out using them for long term operations. Do you favor or oppose Congress passing this authorization?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

2/13-17/15

66 26 7    

 

"Do you think the militant group ISIS is a threat to the security of the United States, or not?" If yes: "Do you think it is a major threat or a minor threat?"

 

Yes: A
major threat
Yes: A
minor threat
Not a
threat
Unsure/
No answer
 
% % % %  

2/13-17/15

65 18 13 4  

10/23-27/14

58 21 15 6  

10/3-6/14

61 21 14 4  

9/12-15/14

58 21 16 4  

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Feb. 12-15, 2015. N=1,027 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

 

"Now here are a few questions about the Islamic militant group often referred to as ISIS that controls some areas of Iraq and Syria. The group is also sometimes referred to as ISIL or as the Islamic State. As you may know, the U.S. has conducted airstrikes against ISIS forces in Iraq and in Syria, but there are no U.S. combat troops fighting ISIS forces in either country.

"President Obama has asked Congress for the authority to continue to use military force against ISIS. Do you think he was right to ask Congress for that authority or should he have the option of continuing to use military force against ISIS without authorization from Congress?"

 

Was right to
ask Congress
Should have
option of
continuing
w/o Congress
Unsure

 

% % %    

2/12-15/15

77 21 2    

 

"Do you think Congress should or should not vote to give President Obama the authority to continue to use military force against ISIS?"

 

Should Should not Unsure

 

% % %    

2/12-15/15

78 21 1    

 

NBC News/Marist Poll. Feb. 11-12, 2015. N=603 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

 

"Have you heard or read anything about President Obama's request to Congress to authorize U.S. military force against ISIS, the Islamic State Group, or not?"

 

Have Have not
% %      

2/11-12/15

69 31      

 

"President Obama has asked Congress to vote to allow the use of U.S. military force against ISIS, the Islamic State group. The president is requesting authorization for three years, with no geographic limitations. The president is also asking for flexibility for limited ground operations by the U.S. military, but rules out deploying a long-standing ground force. Do you want your member of Congress to vote for or against this authorization?"

 

For Against Unsure
% % %    

2/11-12/15

54 32 13    

 

"Do you think President Obama's proposal will or will not have bipartisan support in Congress?"

 

Will Will not Unsure
% % %    

2/11-12/15

40 44 16    

 

"Do you believe the United States and its allies will be able to or will not be able to defeat ISIS, the Islamic State group?"

 

Will Will not Unsure
% % %    

2/11-12/15

66 23 11    

 

"When it comes to combating ISIS, the Islamic State group, do you support the United States sending a large number of U.S. ground forces, sending a limited number of U.S. ground forces, or not sending U.S. ground forces at all?"

 

A large
number
A limited
number
None
at all
Unsure
% % % %  

2/11-12/15

26 40 26 7  

 

"How much confidence do you have in President Obama's strategy to combat ISIS, the Islamic State group: a great deal of confidence, a good amount, not very much, or none at all?"

 

A great
deal
A good
amount
Not very
much
None
at all
Unsure
% % % % %

2/11-12/15

12 33 27 21 6

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Nov. 21-23, 2014. N=1,045 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

 

"Now here are a few questions about the Islamic militant group often referred to as ISIS that controls some areas of Iraq and Syria. The group is also sometimes referred to as ISIL or as the Islamic State. As you may know, the U.S. has conducted airstrikes against ISIS forces in Iraq and in Syria, but there are no U.S. combat troops fighting ISIS forces in either country.

"Based on what you have read or heard, do you favor or oppose the military airstrikes conducted by the United States and its Western European and Arab allies against the ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure

 

% % %    

11/21-23/14

78 20 1    

10/24-26/14

76 21 3    

9/25-28/14

73 24 3    

 

Quinnipiac University. Nov. 18-23, 2014. N=1,623 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.4.

 

"Do you think the United States military should have combat troops on the ground in Iraq or not?"

 

Should Should not Unsure/
No answer
% % %    

11/18-23/14

37 55 8    

 

"Do you believe the international coalition put together by the White House to defeat ISIS is working or not?"

 

Is working Is not
working
Unsure/
No answer
% % %    

11/18-23/14

19 61 21    

 

USA Today Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Nov. 13-16, 2014. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.6.

 

"Do you think President Obama needs authorization from Congress for the use of force against the Islamic terror group known as ISIS, or can he continue to send troops without authorization?"

 

Needs
authorization
Doesn't need
authorization
Unsure Refused
% % % %  

11/13-16/14

62 30 7 1  

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Oct. 24-26, 2014. N=1,018 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

 

"If ISIS forces in Iraq attacked the U.S. embassy or other U.S. facilities in Baghdad, would you favor or oppose sending ground troops into combat operations against ISIS in that circumstance?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %    

10/24-26/14

72 27 1    

 

"If Iraq were to fall into the hands of the Islamic militants, do you think this would be a serious setback for U.S. prestige in the world, only a minor setback or not a setback at all?"

 

A serious
setback
Only a minor
setback
Not a
setback
Unsure
% % % %  

10/24-26/14

53 34 12 1  

 

"Do you think that the military action against ISIS will be a long conflict or a short conflict?" N=503 (Version A), margin of error 4.5.

 

A long
conflict
A short
conflict
Unsure
% % %    

10/24-26/14

84 16 1    

 

"Do you think the military action against ISIS will be difficult, or comparatively easy?" N=515 (Version B), margin of error 4.5.

 

Difficult Comparatively
easy
Unsure
% % %    

10/24-26/14

81 16 3    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by Hart Research Associates (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R). Oct. 8-12, 2014. N=1,000 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

 

"Now, as you may know, a terrorist group called ISIS is operating in Syria and Iraq. ISIS militants have made significant territorial gains in these countries and have declared an independent Islamic state. ...

"Is taking military action against ISIS in Iraq and Syria in our national interest or not? If you do not know enough about this to have an opinion, please just say so and we will move on."

 

Is in our
national
interest
Is not in our
national
interest
Don't know
enough
Unsure  
% % % %  

10/8-12/14

61

16

22

1

 

9/3-7/14

61 13 24 2  

 

"Now, more specifically, should U.S. military action against ISIS be limited to only airstrikes, should it include both airstrikes and American combat troops on the ground, or should U.S. military action not be taken at all?"

 

Only
airstrikes
Airstrikes &
ground troops
No military
action at all
Unsure  
% % % %  

10/8-12/14

35

41

15

9

 

9/3-7/14

40 34 15 11  

 

CBS News Poll. Oct. 3-6, 2014. N=1,260 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

 

"A militant group called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, known as ISIS or ISIL, has taken control of some areas in Iraq and Syria and has killed two American journalists. How much have you heard or read about ISIS and their actions: a lot, some or not much?"

 

A lot Some Not much Nothing at
all (vol.)
 
% % % %  

10/3-6/14

56 31 12 1  

9/12-15/14

48 33 18 2  

 

"Do you favor or oppose U.S. airstrikes against ISIS militants in IRAQ?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

10/3-6/14

73 21 7    

9/12-15/14

71 21 8    

 

"Do you favor or oppose U.S. airstrikes against ISIS militants in SYRIA?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

10/3-6/14

72 20 8    

9/12-15/14

69 21 9    

 

"Which comes closest to your view about U.S. airstrikes against ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria? The U.S. is currently at war. OR, The U.S. is involved in a military action, but it is not at war." Options rotated

 

At war Not at war Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

10/3-6/14

40 56 3    

 

"Do you think it is necessary for Congress to approve military action against ISIS militants in Syria, or do you think President Obama has the authority to take military action against ISIS militants in Syria without getting approval of Congress?" Options rotated

 

Needs
Congress
President has
the authority
Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

10/3-6/14

62 33 5    

 

"Congress is currently in recess and will return after the November midterm elections. Do you think Congress should return to Washington now and debate the issue of U.S. military action against ISIS, or don't you think this is necessary?"

 

Should
return now
Not
necessary
Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

10/3-6/14

80 17 3    

 

"How would you rate the job Barack Obama has done in assessing the threat posed by ISIS militants in the past few months: excellent, good, fair or poor?"

 

Excellent Good Fair Poor Unsure/
No answer
% % % % %

10/3-6/14

8 24 34 31 4

 

"How would you rate the job Congress has done in assessing the threat posed by ISIS militants in the past few months: excellent, good, fair or poor?"

 

Excellent Good Fair Poor Unsure/
No answer
% % % % %

10/3-6/14

4 13 43 34 6

 

"How would you rate the job U.S. intelligence agencies have done in assessing the threat posed by ISIS militants in the past few months: excellent, good, fair or poor?"

 

Excellent Good Fair Poor Unsure/
No answer
% % % % %

10/3-6/14

9 31 36 16 7

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Sept. 24-28, 2014. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

 

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation involving the insurgents known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria?"

 

Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %    

9/24-28/14

50 44 6    

 

"Do you support or oppose the U.S.-led airstrikes that are under way against Islamic State insurgents and related targets in Syria?"

 

Support Oppose Unsure

 

% % %    

9/24-28/14

70 26 3    

 

"Do you support or oppose sending U.S. forces to Iraq to train Iraqi government troops and coordinate airstrikes against Islamic State fighters?"

 

Support Oppose Unsure

 

% % %    

9/24-28/14

53 44 3    

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Sept. 25-28, 2014. N=1,055 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

 

"Now suppose that the U.S. were conducting those airstrikes alone, with no other countries participating or supporting the U.S. In that circumstance, would you favor or oppose U.S. military airstrikes against the ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure

 

% % %    

9/25-28/14

50 49 1    

 

"In general, how concerned are you about the current situation regarding ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not very concerned, or not concerned at all?"

 

Very
concerned
Somewhat
concerned
Not very
concerned
Not
concerned
at all
 
% % % %  

9/25-28/14

51 34 9 7  

9/5-7/14

53 34 9 4  

 

"Do you favor or oppose the United States providing weapons and military training to some rebels in Syria who are fighting ISIS forces in Syria?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure

 

% % %    

9/25-28/14

42 54 4    

 

"Do you think the military action against ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria has made terrorist attacks in the United States more likely, less likely, or don't you think that military action has made any difference?"

 

More
likely
Less
likely
No
difference
Unsure
% % % %  

9/25-28/14

45 12 42 1  

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg Poll. Sept. 19-25, 2014. N=1,283 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.2.

 

"If it were determined by the military commanders that the best way to defeat the ISIS army was to use American military troops on the ground, would you be in favor of this decision or would you be in opposition to this decision, or do you really not have an opinion one way or the other?"

 

In favor Opposed No opinion
either way
Unsure
% % % %  

9/19-25/14

45 37 16 2  

 

"When President Obama says: 'America has no intention of using American military troops in ground action to fight against the ISIS army' -- do you feel that America will end up using American military ground forces, or do you feel that America will not end up using American military ground forces?"

 

Will use
ground forces
Will not use
ground forces
Unsure

 

% % %    

9/19-25/14

72 20 8    

 

Gallup Poll. Sept. 20-21, 2014. N=1,013 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

 

"Next we have a question about the military action the United States is taking in Iraq and Syria against Islamic militants, commonly known as ISIS. Do you approve or disapprove of this U.S. military action?"

 

Approve Disapprove Unsure

 

% % %    

9/20-21/14

60 31 9    

 

"Would you favor or oppose the United States sending ground troops to Iraq and Syria in order to assist groups in those countries that are fighting the Islamic militants?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure

 

% % %    

9/20-21/14

40 54 6    

 

"Do you believe the Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria pose a critical threat, an important but not critical threat, or not much of a threat to the vital interests of the United States?"

 

Critical Important,
not critical
Not much
of a threat
No threat
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %

9/20-21/14

50 31 12 1 6

 

"How closely have you followed the news about the actions of the Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?"

 

Very
closely
Somewhat
closely
Not too
closely
Not at all Unsure
% % % % %

9/20-21/14

34 41 19 6 1

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Sept. 12-15, 2014. N=1,009 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

 

"Do you think Barack Obama is being too tough, not tough enough or about right in dealing with ISIS militants?"

 

Too
tough
Not tough
enough
About
right
Unsure/
No answer
 
% % % %  

9/12-15/14

2 57 31 10  

 

"Do you favor or oppose the U.S. training and providing military equipment to rebels in Syria so that they can fight ISIS militants?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

9/12-15/14

48 40 11    

 

"Do you favor or oppose the U.S. sending additional military advisors to Iraq to help the Iraqi army fight ISIS militants?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

9/12-15/14

66 29 6    

 

Pew Research Center. Sept. 11-14, 2014. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.6.

 

"As you may know, Barack Obama has announced a plan for a military campaign against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria, involving U.S. airstrikes and U.S. military training for opposition groups. Overall, do you approve or disapprove of this plan?"

 

Approve Disapprove Unsure/
Refused

 

% % %

 

ALL

53 29 19

 

Republicans

64 27 9

 

Independents

47 33 20

 

Democrats

60 24 16

 

 

"Do you think the U.S. military campaign against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria will increase the chances of terrorist attacks in the U.S., decrease the chances of terrorist attacks in the U.S., or not make much difference?"

 

Increase
chances
Decrease
chances
Not much
difference
Unsure/
Refused

 

% % % %

 

9/11-14/14

34 18 41 7

 


 

CNN/ORC Poll. Sept. 5-7, 2014. N=1,014 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

 

"Now here are a few questions about the Islamic militant group often referred to as ISIS that controls some areas of Iraq and Syria. The group is also sometimes referred to as ISIL. As you may know, the U.S. has conducted airstrikes against ISIS forces in Iraq, but not in Syria. ...

"Do you think Barack Obama does or does not have a clear plan for dealing with ISIS?"

 

Does Does not Unsure

 

% % %    

9/5-7/14

30 67 3    

 

"If the United States decides to take any additional military action against ISIS, do you think it should do so only if other countries support and participate in that action, or do you think the U.S. should take additional military action against ISIS by itself if other countries are unwilling to participate?"

 

Only if other
countries
participate
By itself if
other countries
are unwilling
Unsure    
% % %    

9/5-7/14

60 38 2    

 

"Here are some actions which the United States and its allies might take in response to the current situation regarding ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria. Please tell me whether you favor or oppose each of the following. ..."

 

Favor Oppose Unsure

 

% % %    

 

"Additional military airstrikes against ISIS forces in Iraq"

9/5-7/14

76 23 1    

 

"Military airstrikes against ISIS forces in Syria"

9/5-7/14

75 24 1    

 

"Sending U.S. ground troops to Iraq and Syria"

9/5-7/14

38 61 2    

 

"Providing humanitarian aid to people in Iraq and Syria"

9/5-7/14

83 16 2    

 

"Sending weapons and military aid to the forces fighting against ISIS"

9/5-7/14

62 37 2    

 

"Do you think President Obama should ask Congress for the authority to use additional military force against ISIS, or do you think he should have the option of using additional military force against ISIS without authorization from Congress?"

 

Should ask
for the
authority
Should have
option of force
without
authorization
Unsure    
% % %    

9/5-7/14

72 26 2    

 

"If President Obama asks Congress for the authority to use additional military force against ISIS, do you think Congress should or should not vote to give him the authority to do so?"

 

Should Should not Unsure

 

% % %    

ALL

82 15 3    

Democrats

84 14 2    

Independents

78 18 4    

Republicans

89 10 1    

 

"Would you be more likely to vote for your representative in Congress if that person voted in favor of using U.S. military force against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, or if that person voted against using military force in those countries, or would it not make a difference to your vote either way?"

 

If voted
in favor
If voted
against
No
difference
Unsure  
% % % %  

9/5-7/14

35 9 55 1  

 

"As you may know, ISIS militants recently beheaded two U.S. citizens who had been held captive and released videos showing the beheadings. What was your personal reaction to those events? Did they make you feel angry, upset but not angry, concerned but not upset, or are you not concerned about those events?"

 

Angry Upset,
not angry
Concerned,
not upset
Not
concerned
Unsure
% % % % %

9/5-7/14

55 21 18 5 1

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Sept. 4-7, 2014. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

 

"As you may know, a group of Sunni insurgents called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIS, has taken control of parts of Iraq and Syria. How much, if at all, do you see ISIS as a threat to the vital interests of the United States? Would you say it's a very serious threat, somewhat serious, not so serious or not serious at all?"

 

Very
serious
Somewhat
serious
Not so
serious
Not serious
at all
Unsure
% % % % %

9/4-7/14

59 31 5 2 2

 

"Overall, do you support or oppose U.S. airstrikes against the Sunni insurgents in Iraq?"

 

Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

9/4-7/14

71 23 7    

8/13-17/14

54 39 8    

6/18-22/14

45 46 8    

 

"Overall, do you support or oppose expanding U.S. airstrikes against the Sunni insurgents into Syria?"

 

Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

9/4-7/14

65 28 7    

 

"Do you support or oppose the United States providing arms and ammunition to the Kurdish military forces, who are opposing the Sunni insurgents in Iraq?"

 

Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

9/4-7/14

58 32 10    

8/13-17/14

45 49 6    

 

Pew Research Center/USA Today. Aug. 14-17, 2014. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.6.

 

"Do you think the U.S. has a responsibility to do something about the violence in Iraq, or doesn't the U.S. have this responsibility?"

 

Has a
responsibility
Doesn't
have this
responsibility
Unsure/
Refused

 

% % %

 

8/14-17/14

44 41 15

 

7/8-14/14

39 55 6

 

 

"Do you approve or disapprove of the U.S. airstrikes against militants in Iraq in response to violence against civilians?"

 

Approve Disapprove Unsure/
Refused

 

% % %

 

ALL

54 31 15

 

Republicans

71 14 15

 

Democrats

54 35 11

 

Independents

50 37 13

 

 

"What concerns you more about the U.S. military action in Iraq? That the U.S. will go too far in getting involved in the situation. That the U.S. will not go far enough in stopping the Islamic militants." Options rotated

 

Will go
too far
Will not go
far enough
Both
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
% % % % %

ALL

51 32 2 5 9

Republicans

34 57

 

 

Democrats

62 25

 

 

Independents

56 28

 

 


 

Pew Research Center. July 8-14, 2014. N=1,805 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.7.

 

"Turning to the situation in Iraq -- How much, if anything, have you read or heard about the current violence in Iraq and the takeover of large parts of the country by a radical militant group: a lot, a little, or nothing at all?"

 

A lot A little Nothing
at all
Unsure/
Refused
% % % %

7/8-14/14

45 40 14 1

 

"Do you think the U.S. has a responsibility to do something about the violence in Iraq, or doesn't the U.S. have this responsibility?"

 

Has a
responsibility
Doesn't
have this
responsibility
Unsure/
Refused

 

% % %

 

ALL

39 55 6

 

Republicans

48 45 7

 

Democrats

35 61 4

 

Independents

39 56 5

 

 

"Please tell me how much, if at all, each of the following has contributed to the current violence and instability in Iraq. First, [see below]. Has this contributed a lot, some, not much or not at all to the current violence and instability? How about [see below]?"

 

A lot Some Not much Not at all Unsure/
Refused
% % %

 

 

"The U.S.-led war in Iraq"

7/8-14/14

32 33 15 12 7

 

"The withdrawal of all U.S. combat troops from Iraq"

7/8-14/14

39 32 13 11 6

 

"Religious and ethnic rivalries in Iraq"

7/8-14/14

55 20 9 8 7

 

Quinnipiac University. June 24-30, 2014. N=1,446 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.6.

 

"Do you support or oppose the U.S. sending ground troops back into Iraq to help the Iraqi government defeat Islamic militants?"

 

Support Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

6/24-30/14

29 63 8    

 

"Do you think the U.S. should launch airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq using piloted aircraft, or launch airstrikes that do not put U.S. lives at risk such as drones or cruise missiles, or a combination of both piloted aircraft and drones or cruise missiles, or should the U.S. not launch airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq?"

 

Piloted
aircraft
Drones,
missiles
Combination No
airstrikes
Unsure/
No answer
% % % % %

6/24-30/14

2 20 30 39 9

 

"Who do you blame more for the situation in Iraq: President Obama or former President George W. Bush?"

 

Obama Bush Neither
(vol.)
Both
(vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
% % % % %

6/24-30/14

27 51 11 5 5

 

"Do you think it is in the national interest of the United States to be involved in the conflict in Iraq, or not?"

 

In the
national
interest
Not in the
national
interest
Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

6/24-30/14

39 56 6    

 

"Do you think the U.S. should or should not work with Iran to help the Iraqi government defeat Islamic militants?"

 

Should Should not Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

6/24-30/14

39 51 9    

 

"If Islamic militants take over Iraq, how likely do you think it is that they would launch a terrorist attack against the U.S. in the near future: very likely, somewhat likely, not so likely, or not likely at all?"

 

Very
likely
Somewhat
likely
Not so
likely
Not likely
at all
Unsure/
No answer
% % % % %

6/24-30/14

37 35 16 8 5

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. June 20-22, 2014. N=1,009 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

 

"A militant group called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, known as ISIS or ISIL, has recently taken control of some areas of Iraq. How much have you heard or read about this recent violence in Iraq: a lot, some, or not much?"

 

A lot Some Not much Nothing
(vol.)
 
% % % %  

6/20-22/14

36 31 29 3  

 

"Do you think the United States has a responsibility to do something about the violence in Iraq in which militants have taken control of some areas of the country, or doesn't the United States have this responsibility?"

 

Does
have
Doesn't
have
Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

ALL

42 50 7    

Republicans

52 42 6    

Democrats

43 51 6    

Independent

37 55 8    

 

"Do you think Barack Obama should be doing more to address the violence in Iraq, should be doing less to address the violence in Iraq, or is he doing the right amount?"

 

More Less Right
amount
Unsure/
No answer
 
% % % %  

ALL

29 22 41 8  

Republicans

53 21 19 7  

Democrats

13 19 63 5  

Independent

29 25 37 10  

 

"Do you think Barack Obama has clearly explained what the United States' goals are in Iraq, or hasn't he done that yet?"

 

Has clearly
explained
Hasn't done
that yet
Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

6/20-22/14

23 67 10    

 

"As you may know, in response to recent violence, the United States is sending about 300 military advisers into Iraq to train and advise the Iraqi military and help with the collection of intelligence. Do you favor or oppose sending U.S. military advisers into Iraq?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

ALL

51 42 7    

Republicans

54 41 5    

Democrats

54 40 6    

Independent

48 44 9    

 

"In response to the recent violence in Iraq, do you favor or oppose the United States using UNMANNED aircraft or 'drones' to carry out targeted attacks against militants in Iraq?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

6/20-22/14

56 38 6    

 

"In response to the recent violence in Iraq, do you favor or oppose the United States using MANNED aircraft to carry out targeted attacks against militants in Iraq?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

6/20-22/14

43 51 6    

 

"In response to the recent violence in Iraq, do you favor or oppose the United States sending ground troops into Iraq?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

6/20-22/14

19 77 4    

 

"How concerned are you that U.S. intervention in Iraq would lead to a long and costly involvement there: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned or not at all concerned?"

 

Very
concerned
Somewhat
concerned
Not too
concerned
Not at all
concerned
Unsure/
No answer
% % % % %

6/20-22/14

54 31 9 4 1

 

"Do you favor or oppose the United States working with Iran in a limited capacity in order to try and resolve the situation in Iraq?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

ALL

53 39 8    

Republicans

50 47 3    

Democrats

62 31 7    

Independent

48 41 11    

 

"How important to the interests of the United States is what happens in Iraq: very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important?"

 

Very
important
Somewhat
important
Not too
important
Not at all
important
Unsure/
No answer
% % % % %

6/20-22/14

34 46 11 7 2

 

"Do you think the situation in Iraq is something the United States can do something about, or is it something beyond the control of the United States?"

 

Can do
something
Beyond
U.S. control
Unsure/
No answer
   
% % %    

6/20-22/14

38 57 4    

 

"How concerned are you that the violence in Iraq would lead to a more widespread war in neighboring countries and other parts of the Middle East: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned or not at all concerned?"

 

Very
concerned
Somewhat
concerned
Not too
concerned
Not at all
concerned
Unsure/
No answer
% % % % %

6/20-22/14

42 37 14 6 1

 

"As a result of the recent violence in Iraq, do you think the threat of terrorism against the United States will increase, decrease, or stay about the same?"

 

Increase Decrease Stay about
the same
Unsure/
No answer
 
% % % %  

ALL

44 3 50 2  

Republicans

60 3 36 -  

Democrats

36 3 57 4  

Independent

42 3 53 2  

 

"The U.S. plans to send military advisers to Iraq. Do you think that will increase the violence in Iraq, decrease the violence, or will it not have much of an effect?"

 

Increase Decrease Not much
effect
Unsure/
No answer
 
% % % %  

6/20-22/14

28 23 43 6  

 

"Do you think the situation in Iraq will make gas prices in the United States go up, go down, or will it have no impact on gas prices in the U.S.?"

 

Go up Go down No impact Depends
(vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
% % % % %

6/20-22/14

83 1 12 1 2

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. June 18-22, 2014. N=1,009 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

 

"Overall, do you support or oppose sending U.S. ground forces to combat the Sunni insurgents in Iraq?"

 

Support Oppose Unsure

 

% % %    

6/18-22/14

30 65 6    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg Survey conducted by Hart Research Associates (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R). June 16-22, 2014. N=1,383 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.3.

 

"Do you feel that the United States has a responsibility to assist the government against the insurgent groups that are attempting to overthrow the government in Iraq, or the United States does not have a responsibility?"

 

Has a
responsibility
Does not
have a
responsibility
Unsure    
% % %    

6/16-22/14

43 50 7    

 

Gallup Poll. June 20-21, 2014. N=1,012 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

 

"Do you favor or oppose the United States taking direct military action in Iraq to assist the Iraqi government in fighting militants there?"

 

Favor Oppose Unsure

 

% % %    

6/20-21/14

39 54 7    

 

"At this time, how worried are you about the situation in Iraq: very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not worried at all?"

 

Very
worried
Somewhat
worried
Not too
worried
Not worried
at all
Unsure
% % % % %

6/20-21/14

23 44 21 11 2

 


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