Poll: Most Americans believe ISIS serious threat

Poll: Most Americans believe ISIS serious threat

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — Most Americans now believe ISIS poses at least a somewhat serious threat to the United States and Americans are growing slightly more hawkish on the U.S. strategy to combat the militant group, according to a CNN/ORC poll released Monday.

The news comes on the heels of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's sudden announcement that he'll resign, which some have suggested could be tied to disagreements over the U.S. strategy in combating the militant Islamist group in Iraq and Syria.

About half of the public believes ISIS poses a very serious threat to the U.S. and a majority, about 6 in 10, are confident the U.S. will "degrade and destroy" ISIS forces, the mission President Barack Obama outlined in the fight against the organization that now controls broad swaths of land in Syria and Iraq.

Only 10 percent of those surveyed said the ISIS threat is not serious.

And Americans are also warming to the idea of sending U.S. ground troops to accomplish that mission in Iraq or Syria — with 43 percent now in favor, up from 38 percent in September. Still, 55 percent of Americans oppose sending combat troops into action in either country to fight ISIS.

Kurdish fighters pose for cameras at a frontline position west of Erbil. After a panicked retreat last Wednesday, the Kurds have regrouped and are digging in and fortifying their defenses. Their commanders say American air strikes against ISIS have boosted morale among the Kurdish Pesh Merga. Credit:	Ivan Watson/CNN
Kurdish fighters pose for cameras at a frontline position west of Erbil. After a panicked retreat last Wednesday, the Kurds have regrouped and are digging in and fortifying their defenses. Their commanders say American air strikes against ISIS have boosted morale among the Kurdish Pesh Merga. Credit: Ivan Watson/CNN

Of the 1,045 Americans surveyed, an overwhelming 78 percent support air strikes against ISIS, a five point increase from September.

President Barack Obama got mixed marks from the public on his handling of foreign affairs and terrorism, with most disapproving of his job on the world stage.

About 54 percent disapprove of Obama's handling of foreign affairs and Americans split 50 percent to 47 percent on his handling of terrorism, with more disapproving.

The poll was conducted Nov. 21-23.

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