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Poll: Most Americans back strikes in Iraq, Syria

4 years 8 months 1 week ago Friday, October 03 2014 Oct 3, 2014 October 03, 2014 3:13 AM October 03, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Deb Riechmann

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Nearly 2 out of 3 Americans back U.S. airstrikes to combat Islamic extremists and half also think there's a high risk of a future terrorist attack on American soil.

Americans surveyed for an Associated Press-GfK poll are split on whether they approve of the way President Barack Obama is generally handling the threat from the Islamic State group and other terrorists. Yet despite more than a decade of costly war, about a third favor going even beyond airstrikes and putting U.S. military boots on the ground in Iraq or Syria - something Obama says he has no plans to do.

According to the poll, 53 percent think there is a high risk of a future attack, although just 20 percent call it an "extremely high risk."

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