The majority of the American public is not pleased with how President Barack Obama has handled the various terror threats facing the United States, according to New York Times/CBS news poll released Wednesday. Fifty percent said they disapprove of how the president is handling the “threat of terrorism,” compared with the 41 percent who said the opposite.
The percentage of those who disapprove of Obama’s strategy to combat terrorism is the highest it has been since the start of his presidency, according to the New York Times.
Over a thousand Americans were polled between Sept. 12 and 15 after Obama announced a second air campaign against Islamic State, formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Aside from an air campaign in Syria, Obama's four-point strategy to combat ISIS included additional airstrikes additional 475 U.S. troops to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces in Iraq. Despite the 1,200 U.S. troops currently in Iraq, Obama is adamant that America would not be dragged into another ground war. He also called on Congress to approve funding to Syrian moderate rebels on the ground, which was approved Wednesday.
"My highest priority is the security of the American people," Obama said in a speech last week. "I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL [ISIS] in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven."
Despite his pledge to “degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS, the president has received criticism for his strategy and some believe he isn’t taking the threat seriously. After ISIS released a video showing the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley, Obama said he and the world were “appalled” by the video. But Obama faced criticism when he went to play golf at Martha’s Vineyard following the announcement.
The poll showed a general disapproval of the president’s administration. Sixty-six percent of Americans polled think the U.S. has “pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track,” while 58 percent said they disapproved of the way the president was “handling his job as president.”