- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Rasmussen Reports poll released Wednesday shows that only 27 percent of likely voters believe the United States and its allies are winning the war on terror.

Just after President Obama took office in 2009, the same poll question showed much more optimism among respondents: 62 percent. American voters’ perceptions of the conflict with Islamic radicals continued to decline during the course of Mr. Obama’s time in office, although the numbers did bounce back into the 50 percentile range after al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011, Rasmussen reported.

Fifty-nine percent of likely voters also told the polling firm that they believe there is a global conflict between the Muslim world and Western civilization.

In terms of political party breakdown, Rasmussen found that Democrats are twice as likely as Republicans to think the U.S. is winning the war on terror. When asked if terrorists have tipped the balance in their favor, 55 percent of Republican voters said yes.

The survey was conducted July 27 through July 28 with 1,000 likely voters, Rasmussen reported.



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