- The Washington Times - Monday, December 28, 2015

The percentage of Americans who believe the terrorists are winning the war on terrorism is at its highest point since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, according to survey results released Monday.

Forty percent of Americans say the terrorists are winning, compared to 18 percent who say the U.S. and its allies are winning and 40 percent who say neither side, according to the CNN/ORC poll.

The 40 percent who say the terrorists are winning is up from 9 percent in May 2011 and is higher in CNN/ORC polling than at any point since 9/11.

Just 25 percent said they are “very” or “somewhat” satisfied with the way things are going for the U.S. in the war on terrorism, compared to 74 percent who said they are “not too” satisfied or “not at all” satisfied.

Sixty percent said they disapprove of the way President Obama is handling terrorism, and 64 percent disapprove of the way the president is handling the Islamic State terrorist group.

But 53 percent did say the U.S. government can eventually prevent all major attacks if it works hard enough, compared to 45 percent who said terrorists will always find a way to launch major attacks no matter what the government does.

The public was split on sending in U.S. ground troops to combat the Islamic State group, also known as ISIL or ISIS, with 49 percent in favor and 49 percent opposed.

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