• Poll: Americans Are More Concerned About Terrorism Than Economy For The First Time In A Decade

    American voters are more concerned about terrorism than the economy for the first time since 2006, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll that was published Thursday.

    Only 4 percent of Americans said terrorism was the most important problem a month ago, yet in the aftermath of attacks by Islamic extremists in Paris and in San Bernardino, Calif, 19 percent now see the threat of terrorism as the top issue facing the country.

    The fears of another attack on American soil by Islamic extremists has made it clear that billionaire businessman Donald Trump, who has called for monitoring mosques and halting Muslims immigration to the United States, is the presidential candidate Republican primary voters most trust to adequately confront terrorism.

    Seven in 10 people who said they were likely to vote in a Republican primary said he was well-equipped to respond to the threat, with 4 in 10 “very confident” he could handle terrorism. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is the only candidate that comes close to those numbers among the party’s voters.

    More than 4 in 10 Republican primary voters say the quality most important to them in a candidate is strong leadership, which eclipses honesty, empathy, experience, or electability and heavily favor Trump.

    It is not only Republicans who share a deep anxiety about another terrorist strike on American soil. Forty-four percent of the public says an attack is “very” likely to happen in the next few months, the most in Times or CBS News polls since October 2001, just after the deadliest terrorist assault in the country’s history. Eight in ten think an attack is at least somewhat likely.

    The poll also indicates that Americans are not happy with President Obama and the Democrats or their gun control message. Obama’s approval rating for handling terrorism hit a new all-time low of 34 percent, with a record high of 57 percent disapproval.  Fifty percent of respondents oppose an “assault weapons ban,” which CBS says is the first time since 1994 support for such a measure has been underwater.

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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