Ronald Reagan once said:
“A President’s first duty is protecting the peace by guarding us from foreign attack and ensuring the safety of our country and the future of our children.”
President Reagan spoke those memorable “first duty” words more than 30 years ago, on October 4, 1982.
In his world apology tour in 2009, President Obama, speaking at Cairo University in Egypt, echoed Reagan’s words:
“…it is my first duty as President to protect the American people.”
But Barack Obama is certainly no Ronald Reagan. And where President Reagan basically brought the Cold War to a close, President Obama has managed to bring the War on Terror to the point where American voters overwhelmingly believe the United States is losing.
According to a stunning new poll from Rasmussen Reports, just 25% of likely U.S. voters think the United States and its allies are winning the War on Terror, a new all-time low.
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Granted, the War on Terror is not near the top of most national polls on the biggest concerns for voters heading into next week’s midterm elections; but to see that only one-quarter of likely voters believe the Commander-in-Chief is effectively commanding…well, that certainly helps explain why so many Democrat candidates are desperately trying to distance themselves from Obama.
In the wake of the two recent terror attacks in Canada, there’s another key finding of the Rasmussen national telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters:
Forty-nine percent (49%) of voters now consider terrorist attacks a bigger threat to the United States than economic or military attacks. That’s up 10 points from July and the highest level of concern for terrorist attacks since polling on the question first started in early 2013.
Just 38% think economic threats are a bigger threat to America, down 13 points from 51% in January and the lowest yet.
And despite the Islam-defending policies and pronouncements of President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry, the vast majority of voters surveyed said there is, in fact, a worldwide war between the so-called “religion of peace” and Western civilization:
Sixty-five percent (65%) believe there is a global conflict between the Muslim world and Western civilization.
Not surprisingly, the Rasmussen poll found that Americans’ opinions of the success of the War on Terror break down along party lines. Just 10% of Republicans think the United States and its allies are winning the war, compared to 40% of Democrats.
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