Politics

Americans Split On Syrian Refugee Policies, Poll Shows

| by Sean Kelly

A new CBS News poll showed that six in 10 Americans believe President Obama lacks a plan for combating ISIS, also known as Islamic State, ISIL or Daesh. 

According to the poll, which was released on Nov. 23, 66 percent of Americans think that Obama has no clear plan for defeating the terrorist organization, while 23 percent said they believe he’s presented a clear blueprint.

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The poll also showed an increase in support for boots on the ground to combat ISIS, with 63 percent saying they’d support sending ground troops overseas.

That number has risen 4 points since August. Twenty percent, however, said airstrikes alone can control ISIS. 

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On the issue of Syrian refugees, which has become a highly debated topic since the ISIS attacks in Paris, voters are split in the CBS poll. The attacks killed 130 people and wounded over 300 others, The Hill reports. 

Fifty percent of poll respondents support keeping displaced Syrians out of the U.S., while 47 percent said they’d support admitting refugees under stricter screening measures, CBS News reports.

Seventy-eight percent of respondents said that much stricter vetting methods are necessary for the existing refugee system.

Sources: The Hill, CBS News / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons, John Althouse Cohen/Flickr