Voters Now Think Muslims See America As The Enemy
A new Rasmussen poll found that American voters are increasingly pessimistic about the war on terror, with a higher percentage of voters now believing that the terrorists are winning and that America is perceived as an enemy by Muslims around the world.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 29% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the United States and its allies are winning the War on Terror. That’s down from the 33% measured in March, but still above findings for most of last year. But now 39% think the terrorists are winning the war, up from 33% in the previous survey and the highest level of pessimism since the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. Twenty-five percent (25%) say neither side is winning. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Rasmussen notes that since reaching a high of 62% in February 2009 when Obama was inaugurated, confidence in the War on Terror has “steadily deteriorated,” bouncing up briefly after the killing of Osama bin Laden in May 2011, but then continuing its downward trend since.
Also cratering are Americans’ views of the perception of America in the Muslim world:
Forty-nine percent (49%) of voters now believe most Muslims worldwide view the United States as an enemy, up from 39% earlier this year and tying the highest level last measured in August 2013. Thirty-three percent (33%) disagree and say most Muslims around the world do not view America as an enemy. Nineteen percent (19%) are not sure.
Under Obama’s leadership, only 12% think U.S-Islamic relations have improved, with 52% believing relations have worsened (that’s up by 8 points since five years ago) and 27% saying they are about the same.