Down another 10% in the last year.
Fifty-one percent (51%) of voters say our political leaders send the nation’s soldiers into harm’s way too often, though that’s down from 53% earlier this year and a high of 60% a year ago. Just 12% say our leaders don’t use the military enough. Twenty-eight percent (28%) think the balance is about right.
However, just 25% believe the United States and its allies are winning the War on Terror. That’s down from 29% last month but is still slightly above the all-time low of 19% measured in February. Now 37% think the terrorists are winning, a finding that reached an all-time high of 39% last month. Thirty percent (30%) say neither side has the advantage.
Confidence in U.S. anti-terrorism efforts hit a high of 62% in February 2009 just after President Obama’s inauguration, then steadily deteriorated until the killing of Osama bin Laden in May 2011 when it rebounded into the 50s. But it had been trending down for the past two years.
37% say the terrorist are winning.