There also appears to be support for the deployment of some ground forces. In the NBC News/Marist poll, two-thirds of Americans appear to support use of a “limited” amount of ground forces against ISIS. No specific numbers of troops were provided, but the question offered alternatives of “limited number of U.S. ground forces (40%), a “large number” (26%) and “no ground forces” (26%). The original NBC News/Marist question on authorization of use of force cited above said the President asked for “flexibility for limited ground operations by U.S. military, but rules out deploying a large standing ground force.”
In the CNN/ORC poll, support for deploying ground forces increased from 43 percent in November to 47 percent today. Half of Americans still oppose it.
Also, the NBC News/Marist poll shows:
- A majority (66%) believe U.S. and allies can defeat ISIS
- But divide on whether or not Obama has strategy to do the job (45% great deal” or “good amount” of confidence vs. 48% “little” or “no” confidence)
- A majority (57%) disapprove of Obama’s handling threat of ISIS, an increase from 49% in September 2014
- 57% disapprove of his overall foreign affairs competency; 54% disapprove Obama’s handling of terrorism
- 58% don’t believe war against ISIS going well, including 46% of Democrats