No confidence: Disapproval of Obama’s handling of terrorism reaches 54%, highest of his presidency

posted at 4:01 pm on November 20, 2015 by Allahpundit

Only once before, in late fall 2014, did he even graze 50 percent disapproval. (That was probably a reaction to ISIS beheading Americans James Foley and Steven Sotloff.) Now? Clear majority.

Having no strategy on Syria or ISIS and sounding like you’re on your “man period” at press conferences when pressed on that fact can do that to you.

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I wonder if that’s a pure reaction to Paris, driving home the fact that more than a year of bombing ISIS hasn’t stopped them from launching major attacks in the west, or if it’s also a backlash to Obama wagging his finger at Americans who are nervous about admitting Syrian refugees. I’d guess it’s some of both. Americans are ready to crack down on the jihadis: 73 percent want the U.S. to participate in a military response to the Paris attack and 60 percent support increased use of American ground troops, although obviously an “increase” can mean a lot of things. There are 50 Special Forces troops in the field in Syria now; would people be okay with 50 more? How about 5,000 more?

Meanwhile, on Syrian refugees, ABC/WaPo finds almost the same number in opposition that Bloomberg found. Bloomberg saw 53 percent against accepting more refugees; ABC/WaPo has it at 54 percent, with 52 percent now less confident in America’s ability to screen refugees than they were before Paris. YouGov also conducted a poll this week on whether we should take more refugees from Syria. Guess what:

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Another majority opposed. Democrats, although in favor on balance, can’t muster a majority to support Obama’s position. In fact, when you ask people specifically whether Syrian refugees should be welcomed into their home state, opposition rises slightly to 54 percent — the NIMBY effect in action, and precisely the same number that ABC/WaPo got. Nor is that any sort of historical outlier. Pew has taken polls during several major refugee crises over the past 60 years and usually (although not always) found that a majority of Americans are opposed to accepting people from abroad. Opposition to taking Syrian refugees right now is actually less strong than it was to taking Hungarian refugees in 1958, Indochinese in 1979, or Cubans in 1980. Maybe that’s a small concession to how brutal Syria’s war is or maybe it’s a function of the fact that 10,000 refugees is a comparatively small number. Either way, a majority opposed accepting refugees in all four cases. The next time Obama tells you that it’s un-American to not want to take refugees, ask him which America he has in mind.

One more poll for you, just because we’re on a subject that touches heavily on cultural assimilation. Today WaPo dusted off this graph from Pew from earlier this year to remind readers that most Muslims are not, in fact, terrorists or pro-terrorist:

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Glass mostly full or glass a tiny bit empty? On the one hand, Muslims overwhelmingly view ISIS unfavorably. On the other hand, as Graeme Wood (who wrote an excellent analysis of ISIS for The Atlantic earlier this year) put it: “Alternate headline: tens of millions openly support the Islamic State.” Apply the same percentages here to the nearly one million migrants who have flooded into Germany this year. How many new ISIS fans is Deutschland housing these days?


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That’s OK. He’s black. And he’s dreamy.

Galtian on November 20, 2015 at 4:04 PM

Today WaPo dusted off this graph from Pew from earlier this year to remind readers that most Muslims are not, in fact, terrorists or pro-terrorist:


So
all those people chanting “Allahu Akbar” during the minute of silence in the Turkish soccer match were JUST the people who had a favorable impression of ISIS?

All in one place … at one time?

Is THAT what you want to go with, Pajama Boy?

PolAgnostic on November 20, 2015 at 4:06 PM

46% of Dems are all for bring possible Syrian terrorists to the US…

think about that folks..

celt on November 20, 2015 at 4:06 PM

He doesn’t care. He’s in cahoots with ISIS.

fossten on November 20, 2015 at 4:07 PM

sit back, relax, and watch how a smart war is won easily, kiddies.

you’ll only make yourselves look sillier by yelling and screaming about it.

everdiso on September 23, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Bishbop on November 20, 2015 at 4:07 PM

The next time Obama tells you that it’s un-American to not want to take refugees, ask him which America he has in mind.

Obama’s America: where you get to do whatever the hell you want, while your neighbor suffers the cost/consequences.

Aizen on November 20, 2015 at 4:07 PM

What difference does it make?

NoFanofLibs on November 20, 2015 at 4:08 PM

Why don’t we send the Dems to Syria?

supersport667 on November 20, 2015 at 4:08 PM

Hillary is the same as obama.

They own the ‘Arab Spring’ and the mess in the ME and Africa, and they have fostered ISO.

Schadenfreude on November 20, 2015 at 4:09 PM

54%. Damn, but this is a stupid country.

Cleombrotus on November 20, 2015 at 4:10 PM

The next time Obama tells you that it’s un-American to not want to take refugees, ask him which America he has in mind.

Also, Allahpundit, those “other Americas” don’t count, because those were all racist, bigoted, xenophobic Americas. This America is different, because he’s in charge.

Aizen on November 20, 2015 at 4:10 PM

“Don’t say anything against him. I think he’s marvelous!”–A Brit living here I know.

vityas on November 20, 2015 at 4:11 PM

Why don’t we send the Dems to Syria?

supersport667 on November 20, 2015 at 4:08 PM

That’s bigotry. Who are we to “invade” other nations with our Americanism?

Aizen on November 20, 2015 at 4:12 PM

Is it time for Barry’s NCAA brackets yet?

TheMadHessian on November 20, 2015 at 4:14 PM

The Germans killed about 215,000 German Jews during World War 2, basically wiping out the entire population of Jews in Germany.

They are now replacing them with their more ideologically compatible muslim counterparts.

jaime on November 20, 2015 at 4:15 PM

I wonder if that’s a pure reaction to Paris, driving home the fact that more than a year of bombing ISIS hasn’t stopped them from launching major attacks in the west, or if it’s also a backlash to Obama wagging his finger at Americans who are nervous about admitting Syrian refugees.

I really wouldn’t call that bombing. Especially when over 75% of the planes come back with full bomb loads.

Johnnyreb on November 20, 2015 at 4:17 PM

Why don’t we send the Dems to Syria?

supersport667 on November 20, 2015 at 4:08 PM

You may get your wish. If the next big attack in France was during the global warming summit, it might be enough to spark the 21st century’s first major holy war.

crrr6 on November 20, 2015 at 4:17 PM

He doesn’t have to worry about polls anymore. The only limit on him is what he thinks he can get away with without being criminally prosecuted. Think about that.

NowIveSeenItAll on November 20, 2015 at 4:19 PM

Time for the Friday night news dump to boost Barry over the weekend. Here is my list of the top three scenarios:

1. Two ISIS couscous makers were taken out by 16 bombing runs.

2. DOJ institutes hate speech investigations against everyone in the Republican party except Jeb.

3. Biden invents a Global Warming wrist watch alarm clock.

Limerick on November 20, 2015 at 4:20 PM

A complete failure of the American people that it is not 100%.

Constitutionalist on November 20, 2015 at 4:21 PM

Obama Wants to Defeat America, Not ISIS
http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2015/11/obama-wants-to-defeat-america-not-isis.html

Torcert on November 20, 2015 at 4:21 PM

More bad news for Obama, Kerry, Clinton, et al:

Poll: 60 percent says the US is at war with Islamic terrorism

Bishbop on November 20, 2015 at 4:21 PM

That’s OK. He’s black. And he’s dreamy.

Galtian on November 20, 2015 at 4:04 PM

And that crease!

davidk on November 20, 2015 at 4:22 PM

obama’s America

Schadenfreude on November 20, 2015 at 4:22 PM

He doesn’t care. He’s in cahoots with ISIS.

fossten on November 20, 2015 at 4:07 PM

100%.

Pork-Chop on November 20, 2015 at 4:23 PM

Why don’t we send the Dems to Syria?

supersport667 on November 20, 2015 at 4:08 PM

That’s bigotry. Who are we to “invade” other nations with our anti-Americanism?

Aizen on November 20, 2015 at 4:12 PM

Corrected for you

Constitutionalist on November 20, 2015 at 4:23 PM

Today WaPo dusted off this graph from Pew from earlier this year to remind readers that most Muslims are not, in fact, terrorists or pro-terrorist:

There are only 2 kinds of muslims. Those that will happily slit your throat as they rape your children and those who won’t do a thing to stop them.

One and a half billion muslims in the world and so far I haven’t seen more than a couple who are willing to denounce ISIS or even terrorism in general.

How many muslim protests against terrorism in the name of islam have you seen?

HotAirian on November 20, 2015 at 4:23 PM

Why does it ALWAYS come back to that 45-48% range???

WryTrvllr on November 20, 2015 at 4:25 PM

How many muslim protests against terrorism in the name of islam have you seen?

HotAirian on November 20, 2015 at 4:23 PM

They had one recently and it attracted 50 people I heard.

But you are right.

Every last Islamic Muslim believes in the end result that ISIS and other Islamic Warriors are fighting to create. They will happily put every person that is not Islamic under Sharia Law and treat them as slaves.

Constitutionalist on November 20, 2015 at 4:27 PM

Democrats, although in favor on balance, can’t muster a majority to support Obama’s position.

…the next time a Left-Tard talks about vetting and taking in Syrian refugees, show them this

Pelosi Schmelosi on November 20, 2015 at 4:27 PM

jaime on November 20, 2015 at 4:15 PM

Remind me again who the jews in America vote for?

WryTrvllr on November 20, 2015 at 4:28 PM

Paris:

Conflict News [email protected] 4h4 hours ago

BREAKING: Paris attacks ringleader’s cousin did not blow herself up in raid: police – AFP

davidk on November 20, 2015 at 4:29 PM

The next time Obama tells you that it’s un-American to not want to take refugees, ask him which America he has in mind.

…Odooshbag has only ONE America in mind…the “fundamentally transformed” kind…

Pelosi Schmelosi on November 20, 2015 at 4:30 PM

“President Obama, Hillary Clinton and other senior Democrats refuse to say America is at war with ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ for fear of insulting all Muslims, but voters beg to disagree,” the polling agency said.

Majorities from both major parties said the U.S. is engaged in a conflict with radical Islam: 56 percent of Democrats and 70 percent of Republicans, as well as 54 percent of independents.


Ninety-two percent of respondents also said they regard radical Islamic terrorism as a “serious” threat to national security, including 73 percent who said the threat is a “very serious” one, which is up from 50 percent in October of last year.



Bishbop on November 20, 2015 at 4:30 PM

Remind me again who the jews in America vote for?

WryTrvllr on November 20, 2015 at 4:28 PM

Not the Germans.

unless you know something i don’t

jaime on November 20, 2015 at 4:31 PM

Persian Tomcat and Russian Bear fly together during a strike mission against ground targets in Syria.

Something really interesting details have been exposed by the material released by Russia’s MoD lately.

Indeed, as you can see in the video below, IRIAF (Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force) F-14 Tomcat interceptors escorted Russian Air Force Tu-95 Bear bombers flying in Iranian airspace during their 9h 30mins missions (from Engels airbase and back, along the Iraq-Iran-Caspian Sea 6,500 km-long corridor) against terrorist targets in Syria.

http://theaviationist.com/2015/11/20/iriaf-f-14s-escort-ruaf-tu-95/

davidk on November 20, 2015 at 4:36 PM

…I feel safer already…don’t you…??

Tourniquet Use Urged in Public-Safety Push
White House calls for wide distribution of tourniquets to reduce fatalities in emergencies

Pelosi Schmelosi on November 20, 2015 at 4:35 PM

A tourniquet is a last resort measure. What are they expecting?

davidk on November 20, 2015 at 4:38 PM

Not the Germans.

unless you know something i don’t

jaime on November 20, 2015 at 4:31 PM

The Nazis and the muslim brotherhood share much.

WryTrvllr on November 20, 2015 at 4:38 PM

It does not matter to him. He is not running again, and even if he were, there is plenty of time.

And there’s this. Handling of terrorism is just one part of the whole picture. As Bill O’Reilly would certainly opine, most of the voters still “like” Obama, and are willing to “give him a chance.”

Sad, but true.

Sting on November 20, 2015 at 4:38 PM

Anyone who knows much about Islam at all knows that ISIS is Islam to the bone.

VorDaj on November 20, 2015 at 4:41 PM

The Nazis were a JV version of Islam.

VorDaj on November 20, 2015 at 4:42 PM

Syria: https://twitter.com/markito0171/status/667798844520968193

(So sad.)

davidk on November 20, 2015 at 4:33 PM

We were supposed to get married there!

Chuck Schick on November 20, 2015 at 4:43 PM

A tourniquet is a last resort measure. What are they expecting?

davidk on November 20, 2015 at 4:38 PM

…you think they’d tell us..??

…BTW I think this is called “leading from behind”…

Pelosi Schmelosi on November 20, 2015 at 4:44 PM

The fact that our President and State Department took 7 years to evaluate a pipeline before rejecting it because global warming is the greatest threat to our national security and that they have determined that Syrian refugees pose no threat to the United States after a 20 second review should tell us everything we need to know.

airupthere on November 20, 2015 at 4:44 PM

It doesn’t matter if they hate ISIS if they still believe in Sharia.

jawkneemusic on November 20, 2015 at 4:46 PM

Last I checked, Obama had a 47% approval rating on climate change so at least he is leading on national security where it truly counts.

airupthere on November 20, 2015 at 4:46 PM

A tourniquet is a last resort measure. What are they expecting?

davidk on November 20, 2015 at 4:38 PM

An end to O negatives.

WryTrvllr on November 20, 2015 at 4:53 PM

One more poll for you, just because we’re on a subject that touches heavily on cultural assimilation. Today WaPo dusted off this graph from Pew from earlier this year to remind readers that most Muslims are not, in fact, terrorists or pro-terrorist:

AP that is not the main problem! Once again someone put’s a poll up and finds most Muslims don’t like “terrorism”, or “radicals”, or “ISIS”.

And then you go HAHA! Most Muslims are wonderful except for a tiny portion!

AP Why did you not link to the other PEW poll on Muslims wanting to make Sharia Law the law of the land which shows:

Iraq: 91%
Palestinian Terr: 89%
Morocco: 83%
Egypt: 74%
Jordan: 71%
Afghanistan: 99%
Pakistan: 84%

Here is some data!

As long as this kind thing exist good luck in trying to have people integrate into the west or finding peace, and please don’t tell me you think sharia law is wonderful. Other jihadist groups will appear with different names, and the average Muslim will shrug their shoulders and say..well it was only infidels who lost their lives. That is like saying segregation is cool…and I know AP you are not down for that…right?

William Eaton on November 20, 2015 at 4:54 PM

How many new ISIS fans is Deutschland housing these days?

How many in a few years as the new “foogies” are allowed to bring in family members as per law once they obtain “refugee” status?

Europe, as we know it, is over.

aquaviva on November 20, 2015 at 4:57 PM

How many new ISIS fans is Deutschland housing these days?

How about Canada?:

The Daily Star [email protected] 1h1 hour ago

Canada to detail Syrian refugee plan next week http://bit.ly/1X3hQly

davidk on November 20, 2015 at 5:00 PM

40% support for Obama on his terrorist policies? Who are these folks and what do they know that the rest of us don’t?

tej on November 20, 2015 at 5:00 PM

I think it misreads the public to say they won’t support many more ground troops. It seems to me what people want is a president who will ask his military leaders what they need to defeat ISIS. Then give it to them. Give them the mission and then let them carry it out.

THAT is what people want.

jeanneb on November 20, 2015 at 5:01 PM

We were supposed to get married there!

Chuck Schick on November 20, 2015 at 4:43 PM

The roof looks safe.

davidk on November 20, 2015 at 5:02 PM

I think it misreads the public to say they won’t support many more ground troops. It seems to me what people want is a president who will ask his military leaders what they need to defeat ISIS. Then give it to them. Give them the mission and then let them carry it out.

THAT is what people want.

jeanneb on November 20, 2015 at 5:01 PM

Exactly. One would think we’d learned our lesson in Viet Nam about letting politicians fight the wars.

davidk on November 20, 2015 at 5:03 PM

40% support for Obama on his terrorist policies? Who are these folks and what do they know that the rest of us don’t?

tej on November 20, 2015 at 5:00 PM

EBT and obamaphones.

davidk on November 20, 2015 at 5:05 PM

A tourniquet is a last resort measure. What are they expecting?

davidk on November 20, 2015 at 4:38 PM

Not anymore. The military made it first response a few years ago. Those pesky Iranian IED’s in Iraq. You can’t do anything else if they are bleeding out. As we said in the medics,All bleeding eventually stops.

docflash on November 20, 2015 at 5:05 PM

As we said in the medics,All bleeding eventually stops.

docflash on November 20, 2015 at 5:05 PM

That’s a fact.

davidk on November 20, 2015 at 5:24 PM

…over 40% of the people in this country…need to be LOCKED UP!

JugEarsButtHurt on November 20, 2015 at 5:26 PM

How many muslim protests against terrorism in the name of islam have you seen?

HotAirian on November 20, 2015 at 4:23 PM

I’ve seen more Christian counter-protests towards Westboro Baptist.

Judge_Dredd on November 20, 2015 at 5:32 PM

…over 40% of the people in this country…need to be LOCKED UP!

JugEarsButtHurt on November 20, 2015 at 5:26 PM

No, just denied ballot box access that never existed in the Constitution in the first place.

Judge_Dredd on November 20, 2015 at 5:34 PM

A bogus poll. The President has decimated AQ and killed OBL — ’nuff said for Obama’s war on terror chops. The American people, and most importantly the troops, continue to support the nation’s CINC, one of history’s finest.

Dan333 on November 20, 2015 at 5:49 PM

Obama and dems are acting irresponsibly and negligently towards American citizens by exposing them to a potential (probable) dangerous situation allowing refugees into our country (knowing terrorists have infiltrated them). If anything happens, its on Obama/dems heads… Heck even the dang terrorists have warned/threatened him/dems, they just don’t listen!

soapyjeans on November 20, 2015 at 5:54 PM

If America is attacked, Americans should sue Obama/dems for exposing them to the dangers of allowing refugees (they know terrorists infiltrated). The lord helps those who help themselves, and America is saying loud and clear to pause/stop this refugee madness infiltrating our land. Send them money/medicines/clothes etc., relocate them in a culture, middle east friendly zone.

soapyjeans on November 20, 2015 at 5:57 PM

May his numbers only go further and further down… we have a chance at HIllary if Obama’s numbers are low.

I actually think this year is going to defy many rules. Obama has made some transformations, and Trump is making others.

But it can not hurt our chances if Obama continues to make an idiot of himself.

The problem is we still have to live with his failed policies.

petunia on November 20, 2015 at 7:54 PM

A bogus poll. The President has decimated AQ and killed OBL — ’nuff said for Obama’s war on terror chops. The American people, and most importantly the troops, continue to support the nation’s CINC, one of history’s finest.

Dan333 on November 20, 2015 at 5:49 PM

Al Qaeda just took a hotel in Mali, TODAY! Americans were there. How is that decimated? Yah I missed it at first too, the media is not telling the whole story yet, but Obama is proved wrong yet again.

petunia on November 20, 2015 at 7:57 PM

And that is counted by Liberals so you know how fudged it is!

Obama is looked upon as a FOOL!

Look What Obama and his corruption has done for TRUMP!

Obamatrix on November 20, 2015 at 11:20 PM

Republicans are only ones putting Americans first!!! Dems are showing illegal aliens/refugees (knowing terrorists infiltrated them)come first. Any incidence happens it will be on dem/libs heads!

soapyjeans on November 21, 2015 at 12:04 AM

Anyone who thinks oba-MAO gives a rat’s behind about what the country thinks is deluding themselves. He hates everything America stands for and is committed to destroying it. Proof? Look at his biography. He is the stench of liberalism personified.

ultracon on November 21, 2015 at 1:55 AM