Scott Clement and Juliet Eilperin | Washington Post | MSN News | November 20, 2015
Fear among Americans about terrorist attacks on U.S. soil have risen sharply a week after a major assault in Paris killed 130, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll which finds a majority believing that the country at war with “radical Islam .”
Fully 83 percent of registered voters say they believe a terrorist attack in the United States resulting in large casualties is likely in the near future, rising from 73 percent in a Quinnipiac University poll earlier this month asking the same question. Forty percent believe a major attack in the United States is “very likely,” up eight points since last week’s attacks to match record-level of concern recorded after the 2005 subway bombings in Great Britain.
The Post-ABC poll finds a majority of Americans want the United States to join a military response to the Paris attacks, including increasing airstrikes and sending ground troops to fight the Islamic State, which took responsibility for last week’s mayhem.