Poll: Majority of Americans Back Military Action Against Islamic State

Majority of Americans support military action against the jihadist group that has taken over large swathes of Iraq - but not 'boots on the ground.'

Reuters

Most Americans support military action against the radical Islamic State organization, which is increasingly regarded as a direct threat to the United States, a new poll has found.

Conducted by CNN media group and ORC International, the poll showed that 45 percent of Americans regard IS (formerly known as ISIS) as a "very serious threat to the U.S.," close to the 49 percent who thought the same of Al-Qaida 11 years ago.

Released just days before U.S. President Barack Obama plans to address the nation on his plans for dealing with IS, the poll showed that seven out of 10 Americans believe the group has the resources to launch an attack against the U.S.

It also revealed that 76 percent of the respondents favor additional airstrikes against IS, 62 percent favor the provision of military aid to forces fighting IS and 83 percent favor providing humanitarian aid to people fleeing IS.

But the poll also showed that a majority of Americans, 61 percent, oppose deploying U.S. soldiers on the ground in Iraq and Syria to combat the terrorist group.

Obama, who described IS as a "serious threat" in an interview on Sunday, is scheduled to speak to the nation on Wednesday to outline his strategy to address the terrorist organization. He will meet with congressional leaders on Tuesday to discuss his plan.

Overall, the president's approval rating is 43 percent, while 55 percent disapprove of how he is handling his role as commander-in-chief.