Americans want to get tougher with the Islamic State

In this Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015 file photo, French police secure the perimeter after panic broke out among mourners who payed their respect at the attack sites at restaurant Le Petit Cambodge (Little Cambodia) and the Carillon Hotel in Paris. While few in the war-weary West want to send ground troops to the areas controlled by Islamic State, it may actually be even harder to find anyone arguing that the aerial bombardment strategy will soon succeed in defeating the radical jihadi group. That is the fundamental contradiction faced by policymakers as they grapple with the meaning of the Paris attacks. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — After terrorist attacks at home and abroad, a new poll indicates that more Americans than ever support sending U.S. ground troops to fight the Islamic State group.

Forty-two percent of those surveyed by the Associated Press and GfK favored deploying U.S. troops. That’s up from 31 percent in the past year.

A large majority wanted to see a clearer explanation from President Barack Obama about his strategy to defeat the group.

In the poll, 56 percent of Americans said the U.S. military response to the Islamic State group has not gone far enough, up from 46 percent since October 2014.

Six in 10 Republicans who were surveyed, but only about 3 in 10 Democrats or independents, support sending ground troops.

Most Republicans running for president have not called for a large deployment of ground troops, although Donald Trump recently said he would support 10,000 troops. That’s a figure that was originally floated by South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Hillary Clinton has pledged to keep American troops out of Syria, saying she would resist sending forces to fight Islamic militants even if there’s another terrorist attack within the U.S.


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