Americans still strongly support airstrikes against ISIS — but they’re losing confidence that the strikes will wipe out the group’s military capability, a new poll shows.
The air strikes already ordered by President Barack Obama are supported by 76% of the public, a CNN/ORC International survey of 1,018 adults, conducted Oct. 24-26, found.
However, only 48% of those polled say the U.S. effort is going well — while 54% say they’re confident the strikes will degrade and destroy the military capability of ISIS. That figure is down from 61% last month.
As the public loses confidence in air strikes’ effectiveness, Americans are increasingly supportive of sending U.S. ground troops to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The poll found 45% support for such a move — up from 38% in September. A majority still oppose it however.
And if ISIS were to attack the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, that number would shift much more dramatically, with 72% saying they’d then support sending ground troops to the region.
“Support for sending U.S. ground troops into combat operations against ISIS forces is growing, although a majority continues to oppose ‘boots on the ground’ in Iraq or Syria,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “But that could change in a hurry if the situation worsens in Iraq.”
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