Survey: Americans’ Concern about Islamic Fundamentalism at Highest Level Since 2002
Americans are waking up to the dangers of Islam and a new poll finds that Americans are more concerned than ever about radical Islamic terror.
The percentage of Americans who perceive a threat from Islamic fundamentalism is at its highest level since 2002, according tonew survey data from The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Key findings include.
- The rise of the Islamic State and continued threat from related groups in the Middle East has heightened concerns about terrorist attacks. The percentage of Americans who perceive a “critical threat” from Islamic fundamentalism has increased 15 percentage points since the Council’s 2014 survey to 55 percent. This marks the highest level since 2002 survey results (the first Chicago Council Survey fielded after the September 11, 2001 attacks).
- Americans rate the top threats facing the United States as the possibility of violent Islamic extremists groups carrying out a major terrorist attack in the United States (72 percent citing it as a critical threat) and international terrorism (69 percent, up from 63 percent in 2014).
- By comparison, Americans regard only the threat of cyberattacks against U.S. computer systems (69 percent) as comparable to that posed by terrorism. Concerns about nuclear proliferation (59 percent) and Iran’s nuclear program (57 percent) remain high but no greater than they were in 2014.
- To combat terrorist threats, majorities support using U.S. air strikes (77 percent), drone strikes (76 percent), assassinations of terrorist leaders (73 percent), attacks by U.S. ground troops (60 percent) and military assistance to Arab governments (58 percent).
- Seven in 10 Americans (73 percent) expect the military action against ISIS to last longer than three years (19 percent say 1-3 years, and only 4 percent say it will take less than a year).