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A Majority Of Americans Support Sending Ground Troops To Fight ISIS

Nearly 7 in 10 Americans say the U.S. has not been aggressive enough in fighting the terrorist group.

As President Barack Obama took the podium to reassure the nation of his commitment to defeating the Islamic State, also referred to as ISIS or ISIL, in a rare oval office address on Sunday, a CNN/ORC poll released the same night shows that Americans have grown increasingly frustrated with the U.S. fight against the terrorist group and have shifted in favor of sending ground troops to Iraq and Syria. 

Sixty percent of Americans say U.S. military action against ISIS in Iraq and Syria is going badly and 64 percent disapprove with how Obama is dealing with the situation. 

The survey also finds that a majority of Americans -- 53 percent -- now favor sending ground troops into combat to fight ISIS. This is a shift from previous CNN surveys, which have consistently shown Americans to be against deploying troops since the question was first asked in September 2014.  

Regardless of party affiliation, a majority of Americans agree that the U.S. has not been aggressive enough in handling ISIS, though Republicans are far more likely to say so compared to Democrats and independents. 

Democrats and Republicans stand firmly divided when it comes to sending ground troops into combat. Sixty-nine percent of Republicans and those that lean Republican support sending troops compared to 36 percent of Democrats and those that lean Democrat.

The survey also finds that Americans are concerned about a terrorist attack happening in the U.S. in the near future. About 6 in 10 say it's "somewhat likely" to "very likely" that an act of terrorism will occur in the U.S. "over the next several weeks."  

The poll was conducted Nov. 27 through Dec. 1., the same week the State Department issued a worldwide travel alert and one day prior to the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California. CNN/ORC contacted 1,020 adults nationally using live interviews to landlines and cell phones. 

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