President Barack Obama’s handling of the Islamic State is becoming increasingly unpopular with the American people, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. The survey also found that Americans are warming to the idea of sending ground troops to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria, although 50 percent still oppose boots on the ground.
On the way Obama is handling ISIS, 57 percent of Americans disapprove of his actions while 40 percent said they like the way Obama is managing the plan to fight the Islamic militants. The disapproval numbers are up 8 percentage points from late September, when 49 percent of Americans said they didn’t like how the president was handling ISIS. Obama had the same percentage of disapproval in the early September version of the CNN/ORC poll.
On foreign affairs in general, 57 percent of Americans disapproved of how the president is acting while 54 percent disapproved of the way the president is handling terrorism overall, the poll found. Obama’s highest disapproval rating in the poll -- 60 percent -- was for how he is handling security of the nation’s electronic information.
The percentage of Americans who want to send troops into combat operations in Iraq and Syria to fight ISIS is slowly growing, the poll found. About 47 percent of respondents said they favor ground troops while 50 percent oppose the move -- a 4 percentage point increase from the 43 percent in late November who favored boots on the ground against ISIS. In late September, only 38 percent supported ground troops.
On the crisis in Ukraine, a majority of Americans said it was either not too likely or not likely at all that the ceasefire agreement brokered by Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France will hold up. About 38 percent said it’s not too likely the pact will stand while 27 percent said it’s not likely at all that fighting will break out. Only 5 percent said it’s very likely the agreement will stick.
The CNN/ORC poll surveyed 1,027 American adults. It has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.