- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 27, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

“American voters think Barack Obama is too soft on Islamic extremists, and that the U.S. fight against them is going badly,” says Fox News analyst Dana Blanton. The network has released a new poll revealing that 58 percent of Americans think the president is too easy on the extremists, including nearly four in 10 Democrats (37 percent) plus 57 percent of independents and 83 percent of Republicans.

“Overall, 61 percent of voters think America’s fight against ISIS is going badly. And they are nearly 10 times as likely to say it’s going ‘very badly (28 percent) as they are to say it’s going ‘very well’ (3 percent),” Ms. Blanton notes. “That sentiment fuels fear at home: 69 percent are worried about ‘attacks by Islamic terrorists’ happening in the United States. That includes 27 percent who are ‘extremely’ concerned, up from 22 percent who felt that way about terrorist attacks in 2013,” she says.

But there are other significant voter concerns in the age of the Obama administration. Here’s a few more numbers from that Fox News poll:

56 percent of U.S. voters are “very concerned” about the economy; 22 percent are “extremely concerned.”

50 percent of voters are very concerned about the price of health care; 31 percent are extremely concerned.

43 percent of voters are very concerned about race relations; 23 percent are extremely concerned.

43 percent of voters are very concerned about Iran getting a nuclear weapon; 27 percent are extremely concerned.

42 percent of voters are very concerned about illegal immigration; 19 percent are extremely concerned.

34 percent of voters are very concerned about climate change; 17 percent are extremely concerned.

Source: A Fox News poll of 1,005 registered U.S. voters conducted June 21-23.

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