- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

More Americans now say the United States should use a combination of airstrikes and U.S. ground troops to combat the Islamic State terrorist group.

Forty-one percent of registered voters in a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll said U.S. military action should include both airstrikes and American combat troops on the ground, compared to 35 percent who said airstrikes only and 15 percent who said military action should not be taken at all.

Last month, 40 percent said the mission should be limited to airstrikes only and 34 percent favored both airstrikes and U.S. ground troops.

Sixty-one percent say taking action against the group is in our national interest, compared to 16 percent who say it is not.

Thirty-seven percent generally approve of the job President Obama is doing handling the situation involving the terrorist militants and 55 percent disapprove. The administration has repeatedly said that U.S. ground troops will not play a combat role as part of the mission.

The survey of 1,000 registered voters taken from Oct. 8-12 has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

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