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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

What America Thinks: Is Terror Coming Closer to Home?

With the radical Islamic group ISIS making gains and making headlines, is al-Qaeda, the architect of 9/11, seen as less of a terrorist threat? Who’s winning the ongoing War on Terror? We decided to find out what America thinks.

There’s no argument among American voters than both al-Qaeda and ISIS are serious threats to the United States, but 68% consider ISIS a Very Serious threat, compared to 58% who feel that way about al-Qaeda.

Part of the reason for the greater concern about ISIS may be its repeated terrorist threats to the homeland. Fifty-four percent (54%) of adults think domestic Islamic terrorism is more of a threat these days than in the past, and half don’t think the government focuses enough on that threat. More than three quarters of voters don’t think it’s possible for the United States to ever be completely safe from “lone-wolf” terrorists who carry out attacks by themselves.

Just 27% now think the United States and its allies are winning the War on Terror, and for the first time in over four years, over half believe that the United States is a more dangerous place than it was before 9/11.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.