US poll: Large majority lack confidence in Obama’s plans on ISIL

A new poll shows the majority of Americans lack confidence that the administration of President Barack Obama will be successful in its military campaign against ISIL Takfiri group in Syria and Iraq.

Sixty eight percent of those who participated in the NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll indicated that they have “very little ” or “just some” confidence that the White House would be able to degrade or eliminate the threat posed by the terrorist group.

The poll is conducted as the Obama administration announced its plans to fight against ISIL including arming and training anti-Syria militants in order to confront ISIL.

Only 28 percent of the participants had a “great deal” or “quite a bit” of confidence that the military camping led by the US against ISIL would achieve its goals.

The survey also found that only 38 percent of people think that country’s foreign policy is headed in the right direction.

This is while, according to the study, 62 percent of the voters said the White House should take action against ISIL which has been wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq.

“The bottom line: The president has made his case to the American public, and like other presidents who faced war and peace issues, support usually follows,” said Peter Hart, who helped conduct the survey.

ISIL, also known as ISIS, is regarded as an offspring of militancy in Syria. The US and its allies in the region have been financially and militarily helping the militant groups fighting against Syrian government forces in past years.

A report by an independent news website, WND on June 2014 quoted informed Jordanian officials as saying that the militants fighting against government forces in Syria “were trained in 2012 by US instructors working at a secret base in Jordan.”

“The officials said dozens of future ISIS members were trained at the time as part of covert aid to the insurgents targeting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The Jordanian officials said all ISIS members who received US training to fight in Syria were first vetted for any links to extremist groups like al-Qaida.”


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