March 4, 2015 - U.S. Voters Back 2-1 Sending Troops To Fight Isis, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Voters Say 3-1 Keep Un-Vaccinated Kids Out Of School Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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American voters support 62 - 30 percent sending U.S. ground troops to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria, with strong support across all party, gender and age groups, according to a Quinnipiac University National poll released today.

Men back U.S. troop deployment 68 - 28 percent, while women support it 57 - 33 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds.

A total of 69 percent of American voters are "very confident" or "somewhat confident" that the U.S. and its allies will defeat ISIS. Only 39 percent of voters are concerned that U.S. military action will go "too far" in getting involved in the situation, while 53 percent are more concerned the U.S. military "will not go far enough in stopping ISIS."

Voters say 64 - 23 percent Congress should grant the authorization requested by President Barack Obama to use military force against ISIS.

And voters say 72 - 19 percent that the U.S. should never pay ransom to terrorists who are holding American hostages. This opinion is shared by every listed group.

"Send in the troops and eliminate ISIS: The resounding hardline message from Americans who say, 'Don't negotiate with terrorists; destroy them,'" said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

American voters believe 63 - 28 percent that President Obama loves America.

Voters give him a negative 41 - 52 percent job approval rating, his best score since a negative 42 - 50 percent job approval in an April 2, 2014, survey. Men disapprove 56 - 38 percent while women disapprove 48 - 43 percent.

"Most Americans believe President Obama loves America, but they are not in love with his job performance," Malloy added.

Republicans in Congress get a negative 22 - 69 percent approval rating, while Democrats in Congress get a negative 28 - 62 percent score.

By a 47 - 42 percent margin American voters trust Republicans in Congress more than President Obama to make decisions good for the country.

In an open-ended question, allowing for any answer, 21 percent of voters say the economy is the most important problem facing the nation. Obama gets a negative 44 - 50 percent approval rating for handling the economy. His approval ratings on other issues are:
  • Negative 35 - 55 percent for foreign policy;
  • Negative 39 - 54 percent for terrorism;
  • Negative 38 - 56 percent for immigration;
  • Negative 35 - 55 percent for ISIS.
Immigration

Voters oppose 55 - 40 percent Obama's executive order allowing some undocumented immigrants to remain in the U.S. The president exceeded his authority with this order, voters say 51 - 41 percent.

But voters oppose 62 - 30 percent Congress partially shutting down the Department of Homeland Security to block this executive action on immigration. Voters say 50 - 37 percent they will hold Republicans in Congress, rather than Obama, responsible for such a shutdown.

"Voters think President Obama exceeded his authority by unilaterally allowing some undocumented immigrants to remain in the U.S.," Malloy said. "But they make it clear Republicans in Congress will take the fall if Homeland Security is jeopardized to counterpunch the executive order." Vaccination

American voters say 70 - 23 percent that children who have not received standard vaccinations should not be allowed to attend school or childcare facilities.

There is virtually no gender gap and feelings are strong among party and age groups.

"American voters say 3-1, 'No shots, no school,'" Malloy said.

From February 26 - March 2, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,286 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

For more information, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter @QuinnipiacPoll.

7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              41%     8%    81%    40%    38%    43%    48%    38%    40%
Disapprove           52     89     14     52     56     48     43     53     54
DK/NA                 7      4      6      8      5      9      9      8      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? (* High also 59% Mar 2009)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 04  Nov 25  Jul 02  Apr 02  Jan 22  Jun 04  Dec 10
                     2015    2014    2014    2014    2014    2009*   2013
 
Approve              41      39      40      42      40      59      38
Disapprove           52      54      53      50      54      31      57
DK/NA                 7       8       7       8       6      10       6
 
 
9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              22%    42%     7%    15%    20%    23%    25%    20%    21%
Disapprove           69     49     85     76     74     65     66     73     68
DK/NA                 9      8      8      8      6     12      9      7     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job? (* High also 34% Mar 3 2011, Mar 2010, ** Low also 17% Oct 2013)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 04  Nov 26  Jul 08  Apr 02  Jan 21  Mar 31  Jan 21
                     2015    2014    2014    2014    2014    2011*   2014**
 
Approve              22      23      18      18      17      34      17
Disapprove           69      69      73      73      76      55      76
DK/NA                 9       8       9       9       7      11       7
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              28%    11%    54%    22%    26%    30%    31%    27%    28%
Disapprove           62     83     34     68     67     57     58     65     62
DK/NA                10      5     12     10      7     13     11      9     10
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job? (* Low also 24% Nov 2011, Oct 2011, Sep 2011)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 04  Nov 26  Jul 08  Apr 02  Jan 21  Mar 04  Nov 26
                     2015    2014    2014    2014    2014    2009    2014*
 
Approve              28      24      29      30      27      45      24
Disapprove           62      67      63      60      66      45      67
DK/NA                10       9       8      10       7      10       9
 
 
11. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Very satisfied        2%     1%     5%     2%     2%     3%     3%     2%     3%
Smwht satisfied      29     14     50     25     31     27     32     31     25
Smwht dissatisfied   33     32     30     36     32     33     41     33     29
Very dissatisfied    35     53     15     36     35     36     24     34     42
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      -      1      -      1      1
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT SAT
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 04  Nov 25  Jul 08  Apr 02  Jan 22  Dec 11  Nov 13
                     2015    2014    2014    2014    2014    2001    2008
 
Very satisfied        2       2       2       2       2      21       2
Smwht satisfied      29      23      24      24      22      47      14
Smwht dissatisfied   33      32      31      33      32      19      38
Very dissatisfied    35      42      43      40      43      10      44
DK/NA                 1       1       -       1       1       3       2
 
 
28. What do you think is the most important problem facing the country today?
                                   Tot
 
Economy Total                      21%
 Economy general                   14
 Unemployment/Jobs                  6
 Economy other                      1
 
Terrorism Total                    13%
 Terrorism general                  9
 Security/Safety                    4
 
Politicians Total                  11%
 Politicians/Campaigns general      1
 Political gridlock                 6
 Obama administration               3
 Political corruption               1
 
Foreign Affairs Total               7%
 Foreign affairs/policy general     4
 Military issues                    1
 Foreign/affairs/policy other       1
 Foreign affairs other              1
 
Budget Total                        6%
 Budget general                     1
 Budget deficits                    3
 Gov too big/Gov spending           2
 
Healthcare/Costs/Ins/HMO's          6%
 
Immigration                         5%
 
Education Total                     4%
 Education general                  2
 Funding education                  1
 Education other                    1
 
Class inequality                    3%
 
Environment/Pollution               2%
 
War general                         1%
Middle class/Working class          1%
Poverty/Homeless                    1%
Welfare                             1%
Crime/Violence general              1%
Police general                      1%
Lack of ethics/Morality             1%
Lack of religion                    1%
 
Other                              11%
 
DK/NA                               3%
 
 
29. Who do you trust more to make decisions that are good for the country, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Obama                42%     4%    85%    43%    38%    45%    45%    42%    42%
Reps in Congress     47     91      8     43     51     44     45     49     48
DK/NA                11      6      7     14     11     11     10      9     10
 
TREND: Who do you trust more to make decisions that are good for the country, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Mar 04  Nov 25
                     2015    2014
 
Obama                42      42
Reps in Congress     47      47
DK/NA                11      12
 
 
30. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the economy?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              44%    14%    77%    45%    42%    46%    52%    43%    41%
Disapprove           50     82     16     50     54     46     38     52     54
DK/NA                 6      4      7      4      4      8      9      5      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy? (* Low also 32% Sep 2011)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 04  Jul 02  Apr 02  Jan 22  Jan 08  Mar 04  Oct 06
                     2015    2014    2014    2014    2014    2009    2011*
 
Approve              44      40      40      39      39      57      32
Disapprove           50      55      55      56      58      33      64
DK/NA                 6       4       4       5       4      10       4
 
 
31. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - foreign policy?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              35%     5%    70%    35%    34%    36%    39%    33%    35%
Disapprove           55     90     20     55     60     51     50     57     57
DK/NA                10      5     10     10      6     13     11      9      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling foreign policy?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 04  Jul 02  Apr 02  Jan 22  Jan 08  Apr 29  Mar 04
                     2015    2014    2014    2014    2014    2009    2015
 
Approve              35      37      39      40      41      57      35
Disapprove           55      57      55      49      51      32      55
DK/NA                10       6       6      11       8      11      10
 
 
32. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - terrorism?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              39%    11%    71%    39%    39%    39%    45%    39%    37%
Disapprove           54     85     21     55     56     52     46     56     57
DK/NA                 7      4      8      6      4      9      9      5      6
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling terrorism?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 04  Jul 02  Jan 22  Jan 08  Dec 10  May 05  Mar 04
                     2015    2014    2014    2014    2013    2011    2015
 
Approve              39      44      48      52      50      67      39
Disapprove           54      51      41      41      41      27      54
DK/NA                 7       5      10       6       8       7       7
 
 
33. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - immigration issues?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              38%     9%    69%    38%    35%    40%    44%    35%    37%
Disapprove           56     88     22     55     59     53     47     59     60
DK/NA                 6      3      8      7      5      7      9      6      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling immigration issues?
                     Mar 04  Nov 12  Aug 02  Jul 11  May 01
                     2015    2013    2013    2013    2013
 
Approve              38      35      39      41      40
Disapprove           56      53      53      50      50
DK/NA                 6      12       7       8      10
 
 
34. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - ISIS, the Islamic militant group that controls some areas of Iraq and Syria?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              35%    10%    65%    35%    35%    35%    42%    33%    34%
Disapprove           55     86     23     57     59     52     44     59     58
DK/NA                10      5     12      8      5     14     14      8      8
 
 
35. Do you believe President Obama loves America or don't you think so?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes                  63%    33%    93%    67%    62%    63%    78%    62%    57%
No                   28     53      4     24     30     26     14     31     32
DK/NA                 9     14      3      9      8     11      8      7     11
 
 
36. Do you believe President Obama is a Christian or not?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes                  43%    20%    74%    44%    42%    45%    45%    42%    45%
No                   32     57     10     27     34     30     28     30     36
DK/NA                25     23     16     29     24     25     27     28     20
 
 
37. How important is a president's religion to you; very important, somewhat important, not so important, or not important at all?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Very important       24%    35%    20%    15%    22%    26%    20%    19%    30%
Somewhat important   29     33     26     31     27     31     32     31     27
Not so important     15     11     17     18     16     15      8     17     17
Not important at all 31     20     37     35     35     27     41     33     26
DK/NA                 -      -      -      1      -      -      -      -      1
 
 
38. Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Excellent             2%     -      5%     2%     3%     2%     3%     1%     2%
Good                 34     21     51     35     35     34     35     35     33
Not so good          41     45     36     42     40     43     43     43     39
Poor                 21     32      8     20     21     20     17     20     24
DK/NA                 1      2      -      1      1      1      2      -      1
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                             EXLNT+GOOD....
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 04  Nov 25  Jul 02  Apr 02  Jan 22  Dec 10  Mar 04
                     2015    2014    2014    2014    2014    2003    2009
 
Excellent             2       2       1       -       1       3       -
Good                 34      31      22      26      21      37       3
Not so good          41      38      43      44      44      42      28
Poor                 21      28      34      30      33      16      68
DK/NA                 1       1       -       -       1       1       -
 
 
39. Do you think the nation's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Better               34%    16%    58%    31%    36%    32%    40%    31%    33%
Worse                22     34      9     21     18     26     23     21     23
The same             43     50     33     47     46     40     36     47     43
DK/NA                 1      1      -      -      -      1      1      1      -
 
TREND: Do you think the nation's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same? (* Low also 11% Sep 2011)
                                                             BETTER........
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 04  Nov 25  Jul 02  Apr 02  Jan 22  Jan 18  Oct 06
                     2015    2014    2014    2014    2014    2011    2011*
 
Better               34      34      26      29      28      36      11
Worse                22      22      31      29      26      20      44
The same             43      43      43      42      44      43      44
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       2       1
 
 
40. Would you say that you are better off or worse off financially than you were a year ago?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Better off           41%    27%    58%    39%    45%    38%    55%    43%    33%
Worse off            32     41     19     35     32     32     28     33     34
SAME(VOL)            24     30     21     23     21     28     14     22     32
DK/NA                 2      2      1      4      2      3      3      2      1
 
TREND: Would you say that you are better off or worse off financially than you were a year ago?
                     Mar 04  May 02  Nov 13  May 05  Dec 10  Feb 04  Nov 13
                     2015    2013    2008    2004    2003    2003    2002
 
Better off           41      36      27      43      43      36      38
Worse off            32      41      50      34      36      38      39
SAME(VOL)            24      22      22      22      20      25      22
DK/NA                 2       1       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
41. Do you think President Obama's policies have helped - the nation's economy, hurt the nation's economy, or haven't made a difference?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Helped               38%     9%    68%    43%    36%    40%    42%    39%    37%
Hurt                 33     59      7     28     35     31     26     35     37
No difference        26     29     23     27     26     26     30     24     24
DK/NA                 2      3      2      2      2      3      3      2      2
 
TREND: Do you think President Obama's policies have helped the nation's economy, hurt the nation's economy, or haven't made a difference? (*helped the economy, hurt the economy)
                     Mar 04  Jan 18  Jul 22  May 26  Dec 22  Aug 06
                     2015    2011*   2010*   2010*   2009*   2009*
 
Helped               38      38      33      39      37      37
Hurt                 33      28      34      29      28      29
No difference        26      31      31      28      31      31
DK/NA                 2       2       3       4       4       4
 
 
42. Do you think President Obama's policies have helped - your personal financial situation, hurt your personal financial situation, or haven't made a difference?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Helped               20%     3%    42%    17%    19%    21%    26%    20%    19%
Hurt                 31     51     10     27     31     31     20     39     31
No difference        48     46     47     55     50     47     55     42     49
DK/NA                 -      -      1      1      -      1      -      -      1
 
TREND: Do you think President Obama's policies have helped your personal financial situation, hurt your personal financial situation, or haven't made a difference?
                     Mar 04  Jan 18  Jul 22  May 26  Dec 22  Aug 06
                     2015    2011    2010    2010    2009    2009
 
Helped               20      19      14      16      15      13
Hurt                 31      29      30      29      26      23
No difference        48      51      54      54      58      63
DK/NA                 -       1       1       2       1       1
 
 
43. Do you support or oppose increasing taxes on higher income earners to reduce the amount of taxes paid by the middle class?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Support              58%    31%    88%    61%    54%    62%    63%    55%    58%
Oppose               35     62      9     35     43     29     33     38     36
DK/NA                 6      7      4      5      3      9      5      7      6
 
 
44. Do you support or oppose the executive order issued by President Obama in 2014 allowing some undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Support              40%    12%    67%    42%    36%    43%    50%    40%    35%
Oppose               55     86     25     53     60     51     44     56     61
DK/NA                 5      2      8      5      4      6      6      4      4
 
 
45. Regardless what you think of this immigration policy, do you think Barack Obama acted within his authority as president when he issued this executive order, or do you think his actions went beyond his authority as president?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Within authority     41%    14%    74%    41%    40%    42%    50%    40%    38%
Beyond authority     51     81     16     50     55     47     43     52     54
DK/NA                 8      5     10      9      6     11      7      9      8
 
 
46. Do you support or oppose Congress trying to stop this executive action on immigration from taking place by partially shutting down the Department of Homeland Security?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Support              30%    53%     7%    28%    34%    25%    27%    32%    30%
Oppose               62     40     84     67     58     65     62     62     61
DK/NA                 9      7      8      5      8      9     11      5      9
 
 
47. Who do you think should be held responsible for a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Obama                37%    65%    12%    33%    42%    31%    29%    38%    40%
Reps in Congress     50     23     80     52     46     53     57     49     47
DK/NA                14     13      8     16     12     15     14     14     14
 
 
48. Do you think that children who have not received standard vaccinations should be allowed to attend schools and childcare facilities, or should not be allowed to attend schools and childcare facilities?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Should be allowed    23%    26%    19%    29%    22%    25%    29%    27%    18%
Should not           70     68     74     67     71     69     67     67     73
DK/NA                 7      7      8      5      7      7      4      6      8
 
 
49. (Intro Q49-54: Now here are a few questions about the Islamic militant group often referred to as ISIS that controls some areas of Iraq and Syria.) President Obama has asked Congress to authorize the use of military force against ISIS for a period of three years with no geographical limitations. The authorization would allow using U.S. ground troops for limited operations but would rule out using them for long term operations. Do you support or oppose Congress passing this authorization?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Support              64%    60%    72%    64%    69%    59%    63%    73%    59%
Oppose               23     28     16     24     24     23     24     19     27
DK/NA                13     12     12     12      8     18     13      8     14
 
 
50. Do you think that ISIS is a threat to the security of the United States, or not? IF YES: Do you think it is a major threat or a minor threat?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes/Major            67%    81%    58%    63%    63%    70%    52%    67%    73%
Yes/Minor            19     12     28     20     21     17     23     20     17
No/Not a threat      11      5     10     14     14      8     21     10      6
DK/NA                 4      2      4      3      2      6      4      3      4
 
 
51. Would you support or oppose the U.S. sending ground troops to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Support              62%    73%    53%    60%    68%    57%    64%    66%    59%
Oppose               30     18     40     35     28     33     29     28     33
DK/NA                 8      9      7      5      5     11      7      5      8
 
 
52. How confident are you that the United States and its allies will defeat ISIS; very confident, somewhat confident, not so confident, or not confident at all?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Very confident       31%    31%    35%    31%    36%    27%    44%    30%    28%
Somewhat confident   38     37     41     39     35     41     30     41     40
Not so confident     18     19     16     17     17     19     13     18     20
Not confident at all  9     12      5     10     10      8      8     11      9
DK/NA                 4      2      3      3      2      6      5      1      4
 
 
53. What concerns you more about the U.S. military action in Iraq and Syria; that the U.S. will go too far in getting involved in the situation, or that the U.S. will not go far enough in stopping ISIS?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Too far              39%    20%    58%    38%    34%    43%    58%    36%    31%
Not enough           53     74     32     56     58     47     34     56     59
DK/NA                 9      6     11      7      8     10      8      7     10
 
 
54. Do you think there are circumstances when the United States government should pay ransom to international terrorists who are holding American hostages, or should the United States government never pay ransom to terrorists under any circumstances?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes/Should pay       19%    14%    22%    20%    12%    26%    35%    17%    14%
No/Never pay         72     77     71     73     83     62     56     74     78
DK/NA                 9      9      7      7      5     12      9      8      8
 
TREND: Do you think there are circumstances when the United States government should pay ransom to international terrorists who are holding American hostages, or should the United States government never pay ransom to terrorists under any circumstances?
                     Mar 04  Nov 25
                     2015    2014
 
Yes/Should pay       19      21
No/Never pay         72      70
DK/NA                 9      10