Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Poll Reveals Americans Have Mixed Feelings regarding Anti-ISIS War

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Poll Reveals Americans Have Mixed Feelings regarding Anti-ISIS War

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A poll released at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC on Jan. 8 by University of Maryland professor Shibley Telhami revealed that Americans have conflicting views about the U.S. campaign to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the terrorist group known as ISIS, or Da'ish.

On the one hand, the poll-which was conducted in mid-November-suggests that Americans are prepared to enter another war in the Middle East. Indeed, 57 percent of Americans expressed their belief that the U.S. "must intervene at the level necessary to defeat ISIS," compared to 39 percent who believe the U.S. "should stay out of the conflict with ISIS."

However, a majority of respondents-57 percent-indicated their opposition to sending U.S. ground troops to Iraq if airstrikes alone cannot defeat ISIS. Furthermore, 78 percent of those polled said they believe the U.S. cannot permanently defeat ISIS.

In sum, then, Americans think something ought to be done to counter ISIS, but oppose the deployment of U.S. ground troops and are skeptical that any military plan can actually obliterate ISIS.

In Telhami's opinion, these results demonstrate that Americans are not willing to enter a potentially dangerous and prolonged battle in order to defeat ISIS. …

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