Mideast Expert Sees Alarm, Fear in New Poll on ISIS


About 41 percent of American voters believe we’re losing the fight against radical Islamists. That’s one of the key findings of a new McLaughlin & Associates poll.

Only 1 in 3 people think the U.S. alliance is winning the war against Isis.

More Americans see ISIS as an imminent threat -- and not just to American interests abroad.

Joel Rosenberg is a Middle East expert and New York Times bestselling author. He co-commissioned the poll, and sees fear in the results.

He notes that 2 in 3 people polled think we might be attacked here at home, perhaps with chemical or biological weapons, as the Islamic State expands its reach.

The poll splits along ideological lines -- 52 percent of conservatives say we’re losing to ISIS, but 46 percent of liberals think we’re winning.

Rosenberg says the challenge is to convince the overwhelming majority of peaceful Muslims to join the efforts to stop the jihadists.

He says we have to have better messaging to the Muslim world, not just military strategy, to bolster the U.S. fight.


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