- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Sixty-two percent of American voters support sending in U.S. ground troops to combat the Islamic State terrorist group and 30 percent are opposed, according to a new Quinnipiac poll.

And 69 percent are “very” or “somewhat” confident that the U.S. and its allies will defeat the group, also known as ISIS or ISIL. Fifty-three percent are more concerned that the U.S. military “will not go far enough in stopping ISIS” while 39 percent are concerned U.S. military action “will go too far in getting involved in the situation.”

In his request for the authorization of force against the group, President Obama kept the authorization to a three-year time frame, and it limits the use of ground forces. Sixty-four percent of voters say Congress should grant him the authorization, though 55 percent of voters disapprove of the way Mr. Obama is handling the group.

More than seven in 10 voters also say the United States should never pay ransom to terrorists holding American hostages.

“Send in the troops and eliminate ISIS: The resounding hardline message from Americans who say, ‘Don’t negotiate with terrorists; destroy them,’ ” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

The survey of 1,286 registered voters was taken from Feb. 25 to March 2 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

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