Rasmussen Reports has been asking Americans since 2004, Who is winning the War on Terrorism—the United States and its allies or the terrorists? Today Rasmussen says:
More voters than ever think terrorists have the advantage over the United States and its allies.
The current survey of 1,000 likely voters finds that only 26% think we are winning the war against terrorists, while 46% think the terrorists are winning. Here are the data since mid-2012:
On the day when Obama was first elected, Americans thought we were winning the war by a 52% – 19% margin. While the numbers fluctuated with events, optimism continued until 2013, when voters realized that the Middle East was unraveling. Rasmussen has surveyed this question ten times in 2015; there has never been an occasion when a plurality, let alone a majority, responded that we are winning the war.
Republican presidential candidates should relentlessly pound on this issue, and should articulate clear and decisive alternatives to what most voters believe are failed Democratic Party policies.