No confidence: Disapproval of Obama’s handling of terrorism reaches 54%, highest of his presidency
Only once before, in late fall 2014, did he even graze 50 percent disapproval. (That was probably a reaction to ISIS beheading Americans James Foley and Steven Sotloff.) Now? Clear majority.
Having no strategy on Syria or ISIS and sounding like you’re on your “man period” at press conferences when pressed on that fact can do that to you.
I wonder if that’s a pure reaction to Paris, driving home the fact that more than a year of bombing ISIS hasn’t stopped them from launching major attacks in the west, or if it’s also a backlash to Obama wagging his finger at Americans who are nervous about admitting Syrian refugees. I’d guess it’s some of both. Americans are ready to crack down on the jihadis: 73 percent want the U.S. to participate in a military response to the Paris attack and 60 percent support increased use of American ground troops, although obviously an “increase” can mean a lot of things. There are 50 Special Forces troops in the field in Syria now; would people be okay with 50 more? How about 5,000 more?
Meanwhile, on Syrian refugees, ABC/WaPo finds almost the same number in opposition that Bloomberg found. Bloomberg saw 53 percent against accepting more refugees; ABC/WaPo has it at 54 percent, with 52 percent now less confident in America’s ability to screen refugees than they were before Paris.