- The Washington Times - Monday, November 23, 2015

Voters now say terrorism is the most important issue facing the country today, said a poll released Sunday that showed the economy slipped to second place.

Twenty-four percent of voters said terrorism is the most important issue facing the country today, followed by the economy at 21 percent, according to the Fox News poll.

Over the summer, 30 percent of voters had said the economy is the most important issue, with terrorism and health care tied for second at 11 percent.

In the new poll, health care, immigration, and foreign policy were well back at 7 percent apiece.

The survey was taken from Nov. 16-19, with the attacks in Paris still fresh on people’s minds.

Nearly two-thirds of voters said the Obama administration has not been aggressive enough in trying to stop the Islamic State terrorist group, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

And 67 percent said they oppose the Obama administration’s plans to take in at least 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year. Seventy-seven percent said it is “very” or “somewhat” likely that at least one of the people coming into the country through that process will be a terrorist who will succeed in carrying out an attack on the U.S.

Still, 64 percent said the idea of allowing only Syrian refugees who are Christian into the country is “shameful.” The idea of allowing Christian refugees, but not Muslim refugees, into the U.S. has been floated by people like 2016 GOP presidential contender Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

About six in 10 voters also said closing the Guantanamo Bay detention center is the wrong thing to do, and 73 percent said they would oppose President Obama bypassing Congress and closing it through executive action.

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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