What’s in a phrase? President Obama and Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton are reluctant to say that America is at war with “radical Islamic terrorism” for fear of insulting all Muslims, notes a new Rasmussen Reports poll.
Voters are not so skittish.
When asked “Is the United States at war with radical Islamic terrorism?,” 60 percent of likely U.S. voters agreed; 24 percent said the nation is not at war with the faction while 16 percent are undecided.
“Even 56 percent of Democrats believe America is at war with radical Islamic terrorism, a view shared by 70 percent of Republicans and 54 percent of voters not affiliated with either major party,” the poll states.
“A staggering 92 percent of all voters now regard radical Islamic terrorism as a serious threat to the United States. This includes 73 percent who say it is a very serious threat, up 23 points from 50 percent in October of last year,” Rasmussen Reports says.
“A plurality (46 percent) still thinks the president is right when he says ISIS does not represent true Islamic beliefs. But that’s down noticeably from 58 percent who felt that way in February after the president gave a speech equating the atrocities committed by ISIS with past sins of Christianity,” the poll states.
Sixty-five percent of Democrats agree with Mr. Obama - along with 27 percent of Republicans and 44 percent of unaffiliated voters.
The survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted on November 17-18. An audio analysis is here