- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 3, 2015

Most American voters oppose accepting Syrian refugees into the United States, but they also say homegrown terrorists are a greater threat than those that may be hiding among the refugees, according to polling released Thursday.

Fifty-two percent of U.S. voters oppose accepting the refugees, compared to 42 percent who support accepting them, according to polling from Quinnipiac University.

Still, 58 percent said “homegrown jihadists” were a greater terrorist threat to the U.S., compared to 17 percent who said “radicalized visitors” were a bigger threat and 16 percent who said terrorists hiding among the Syrian refugees were a greater threat.

Majorities also said the security screening process for Syrian refugees entering the U.S. should be made stricter. And 61 percent said the government’s anti-terrorism policies have not gone far enough to adequately protect the country, compared to 27 percent who said the policies have gone too far in restricting the average person’s civil liberties.

Eighty-three percent said they think it is “very” or “somewhat” likely that there will be a terrorist attack in the United States causing “large numbers of lives to be lost” in the near future.

A majority of voters, 54 percent, said they would support the U.S. sending ground troops to fight the Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and Syria, compared to 41 percent who said they were opposed. Sixty-two percent said the U.S. and its allies are losing the fight against the group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, compared to 23 percent who said the U.S. and allies are winning the fight.

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