December 3, 2015 - Homegrown Jihadists More Dangerous Than Refugees, U.S. Voters Tell Quinnipiac University National Poll; U.S., Other Countries Must Do More On Climate Change Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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Homegrown jihadists are a greater threat to the U.S., 58 percent of American voters say in a Quinnipiac University National poll released today, while 16 percent say terrorists hiding among Syrian refugees are a greater threat. Another 17 percent most fear radicalized foreign visitors.

American voters oppose 52 - 42 percent accepting Syrian refugees into the U.S., the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds.

Democrats would accept refugees 68 - 23 percent, with Republicans opposed 84 - 14 percent. Independent voters are divided as 46 percent support accepting refugees with 49 percent opposed.

Opinions on security screening for Syrian refugees depends on how much voters know:
  • With no description of the current screening process, half of the respondents were asked if screening should be stricter: 69 percent say stricter while 24 percent say the process is about right.
  • Among the half of respondents who received a description of the current screening process, 53 percent say it should be stricter and 41 percent say it is about right.
"It takes time and meticulous vetting to be accepted as a Syrian refugee. Voters who know that are far more accepting than those who may not understand the process," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"And Americans are far more concerned about the threat from within, homegrown terrorists, than they are about someone being welcomed to the U.S. as a refugee and committing an act of terror."

A total of 83 percent of American voters say a major terrorist attack in the U.S. in the near future is "very likely" or "somewhat likely."

Government anti-terror policies have not gone far enough to protect the country, 61 percent of American voters say, while 27 percent say anti-terror policies have gone too far in restricting civil liberties.

"Not if, but when, say Americans when asked about the likelihood of a terrorist attack on the U.S.," Malloy said. "More than 80 percent say it's likely and a large majority says the government isn't doing enough to prevent it."

American voters support 77 - 18 percent changing gun laws to ban people on the government's terrorist watch list from purchasing guns. Support is 73 percent or higher among all party, gender, ethnic, education and age groups.

Voters support 54 - 41 percent sending U.S. ground troops to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria and say 62 - 23 percent the U.S. and its allies are losing the war against ISIS. Climate Change

A total of 65 percent of American voters are "very concerned" or "somewhat concerned" about climate change.

The U.S. must do more to address climate change, 57 percent of voters say, while 21 percent say the U.S. is doing enough and 17 percent say the country is doing too much.

Other countries must do more on climate change, 72 percent of American voters say, as 10 percent say other countries are doing enough and 5 percent say they are doing too much. Approval of President Obama, Congress

The wide gender gap continues as President Barack Obama gets a negative 44 - 51 percent job approval rating. Women are divided as 49 percent approve and 45 percent disapprove. Men disapprove 58 - 39 percent.

Voters disapprove 79 - 15 percent of the job Republicans in Congress are doing and disapprove 65 - 27 percent of Democrats in Congress.

American voters are divided on who they trust more to make decisions that are good for the country as 46 percent trust President Obama and 43 percent trust Republicans in Congress.

From November 23 - 30, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,453 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 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.

25. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              44%     9%    83%    41%    39%    49%    48%    42%
Disapprove           51     89     12     54     58     45     48     53
DK/NA                 4      2      5      5      3      6      4      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              51%    49%    45%    34%    31%    38%    34%    83%    77%
Disapprove           44     48     52     60     67     55     61     15     19
DK/NA                 5      4      3      6      2      7      4      2      4
 
 
26. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              15%    31%     5%    10%    15%    16%    12%    17%
Disapprove           79     62     93     84     81     77     83     77
DK/NA                 6      7      2      6      4      7      4      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              15%    15%    15%    17%    15%    18%    17%    11%    10%
Disapprove           78     82     80     77     81     75     78     85     82
DK/NA                 8      3      5      6      4      8      6      4      8
 
 
27. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              27%     6%    56%    22%    24%    31%    25%    28%
Disapprove           65     89     36     71     71     60     70     63
DK/NA                 7      4      9      7      5     10      5      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              28%    33%    27%    22%    20%    23%    22%    58%    43%
Disapprove           61     61     66     72     75     68     72     36     47
DK/NA                11      6      7      6      5      8      7      7      9
 
 
28. 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?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very satisfied        2%     1%     5%     2%     3%     2%     2%     3%
Smwht satisfied      26      9     44     26     25     27     27     25
Smwht dissatisfied   31     25     38     29     29     32     35     29
Very dissatisfied    40     65     12     43     42     38     35     43
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1      -      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Very satisfied        3%     4%     2%     2%     2%     1%     2%     8%     2%
Smwht satisfied      30     30     23     20     21     23     22     41     42
Smwht dissatisfied   38     28     30     29     29     33     31     33     33
Very dissatisfied    28     38     44     48     47     43     45     17     23
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      -      1      -      1      -
 
 
29. Who do you trust more to make decisions that are good for the country, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Obama                46%     6%    88%    43%    41%    51%    52%    43%
Reps in Congress     43     87      6     38     48     37     40     44
DK/NA                12      7      7     19     11     12      8     13
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Obama                51%    50%    47%    36%    33%    40%    36%    83%    73%
Reps in Congress     35     45     42     49     56     46     51     11     15
DK/NA                14      6     11     15     11     14     13      6     12
 
 
30. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the economy?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              47%    12%    83%    46%    43%    51%    52%    44%
Disapprove           49     87     14     49     54     44     45     51
DK/NA                 4      1      3      6      3      5      3      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              56%    52%    47%    34%    36%    41%    38%    82%    68%
Disapprove           37     46     52     61     61     53     57     18     26
DK/NA                 8      2      1      5      4      5      4      -      6
 
 
31. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - foreign policy?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              34%     5%    66%    31%    28%    41%    40%    32%
Disapprove           60     91     25     64     69     51     56     62
DK/NA                 6      3      9      5      4      8      5      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              39%    35%    38%    25%    23%    31%    27%    74%    51%
Disapprove           56     58     58     68     75     62     69     23     36
DK/NA                 5      7      4      7      2      7      4      3     13
 
 
32. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - terrorism?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              38%     8%    69%    37%    34%    42%    43%    36%
Disapprove           56     90     23     57     62     50     53     58
DK/NA                 6      2      8      6      3      8      4      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              45%    39%    40%    30%    28%    33%    31%    75%    54%
Disapprove           49     56     56     63     69     60     65     15     41
DK/NA                 6      6      5      7      3      6      5     10      6
 
 
73. How concerned are you about climate change; very concerned, somewhat concerned, not so concerned, or not concerned at all?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very concerned       32%     9%    55%    30%    27%    36%    37%    29%
Somewhat concerned   33     26     34     37     31     34     31     33
Not so concerned     14     22      5     15     17     10     16     12
Not concerned at all 21     42      6     18     24     19     16     24
DK/NA                 1      1      -      1      1      -      -      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Very concerned       36%    33%    29%    29%    24%    35%    30%    33%    47%
Somewhat concerned   36     32     34     26     29     30     30     51     33
Not so concerned     13     14     12     15     19     12     16      4      7
Not concerned at all 13     20     24     29     26     22     24     12     12
DK/NA                 1      1      -      1      1      -      1      1      1
 
 
74. Do you think other countries are doing enough to address climate change, doing too much, or do you think more needs to be done to address climate change?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Doing enough         10%    14%     6%    10%    10%     9%    12%     9%
Doing too much        5     10      -      6      8      3      5      6
More to be done      72     57     85     73     71     73     74     71
DK/NA                13     19      9     11     11     15      9     15
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Doing enough         11%    10%    10%     7%    10%    11%    10%     7%     7%
Doing too much        3      7      6      6     10      4      7      1      2
More to be done      77     69     72     67     69     70     70     73     83
DK/NA                 8     13     12     20     11     15     13     19      7
 
 
75. Do you think the United States is doing enough to address climate change, doing too much, or do you think more needs to be done to address climate change?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Doing enough         21%    34%    11%    20%    23%    19%    22%    21%
Doing too much       17     33      3     14     22     11     14     18
More to be done      57     26     83     62     50     64     62     55
DK/NA                 5      6      3      4      4      6      2      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Doing enough         20%    21%    23%    21%    25%    23%    24%     9%    14%
Doing too much        8     14     19     25     25     13     19      7     11
More to be done      67     62     54     47     46     58     52     75     75
DK/NA                 5      3      4      8      3      5      4      9      -
 
 
76. Do you support or oppose accepting Syrian refugees into the U.S.?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              42%    14%    68%    46%    41%    44%    59%    34%
Oppose               52     84     23     49     55     48     37     59
DK/NA                 6      3      9      6      5      8      4      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              51%    44%    42%    34%    39%    41%    40%    49%    57%
Oppose               41     51     53     60     57     52     54     43     33
DK/NA                 8      5      5      7      4      7      5      8     10
 
 
77. (Split Sample) Do you think the security screening process for Syrian refugees entering the US should be made stricter, less strict, or is it about right?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Stricter             69%    91%    51%    67%    72%    67%    56%    76%
Less strict           1      -      1      -      -      1      2      -
About right          24      6     39     28     23     25     32     20
DK/NA                 6      2      8      4      5      7     10      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............   
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+   
 
Stricter             57%    75%    67%    75%   
Less strict           -      1      1      1    
About right          29     19     30     18    
DK/NA                13      5      3      6    
 
 
78. (Split Sample) As you may know, Syrian refugees are required to go through a security screening process before entering the United States. This process includes multiple background checks, finger-printings, interviews, and approval by the Department of Homeland Security. Do you think the security screening process for Syrian refugees entering the U.S. should be made stricter, less strict, or is it about right?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Stricter             53%    80%    34%    44%    53%    52%    41%    59%
Less strict           3      -      3      7      2      4      5      2
About right          41     18     63     44     40     42     50     37
DK/NA                 3      2      -      5      5      2      5      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+     
 
Stricter             31%    52%    57%    70%    
Less strict           4      5      3      1     
About right          61     41     37     25     
DK/NA                 4      2      3      3     
 
 
79. What concerns you more about the government's anti-terrorism policies, that they have gone too far in restricting the average person's civil liberties, or that they have not gone far enough to adequately protect the country?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Gone too far         27%    11%    37%    33%    30%    25%    31%    26%
Not gone far enough  61     82     50     55     59     64     56     64
DK/NA                11      7     13     12     11     12     13     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Gone too far         42%    29%    26%    13%    28%    23%    25%    34%    34%
Not gone far enough  47     62     63     73     61     66     63     55     57
DK/NA                11      9     12     14     11     11     11     11      9
 
 
80. How likely do you think it is that in the near future there will be a terrorist attack in the United States causing large numbers of lives to be lost; very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not likely at all?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very likely          44%    62%    29%    40%    45%    43%    35%    49%
Smwht likely         39     32     46     41     38     39     45     36
Not very likely      11      3     17     14     11     11     16      9
Not likely at all     3      1      5      3      3      3      3      3
DK/NA                 3      1      3      3      2      4      2      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Very likely          31%    46%    48%    51%    48%    49%    48%    26%    35%
Smwht likely         49     32     39     35     37     36     37     46     48
Not very likely      11     15      9     10     11      9     10     17      9
Not likely at all     5      4      2      2      2      2      2      9      4
DK/NA                 3      2      2      3      2      3      2      2      4
 
 
81. Which do you think poses a greater terrorist threat to the U.S., terrorists hiding among Syrian refugees, radicalized foreign visitors or so-called "homegrown jihadists"?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Terrorist refugees   16%    20%    13%    14%    13%    18%     9%    19%
Radicalized visitors 17     20     15     16     20     15     21     15
Homegrown jihadists  58     52     65     60     59     57     64     55
DK/NA                 9      8      8     10      8     10      6     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Terrorist refugees   17%    14%    18%    15%    13%    17%    15%    22%    13%
Radicalized visitors 25     20     15     11     19     17     18      7     22
Homegrown jihadists  51     56     61     63     62     56     59     66     49
DK/NA                 8     10      5     12      6     11      8      5     15
 
 
82. Do you support or oppose changing current gun laws to ban those on the U.S. government's terrorist watch list from purchasing guns?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              77%    76%    83%    73%    75%    79%    82%    75%
Oppose               18     20     14     20     21     15     13     20
DK/NA                 5      4      3      7      5      6      5      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              77%    81%    76%    74%    76%    79%    78%    76%    80%
Oppose               16     15     19     21     21     14     18     19     19
DK/NA                 7      4      6      5      3      7      5      5      1
 
 
83. Would you support or oppose the U.S. sending ground troops to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              54%    71%    39%    53%    59%    48%    49%    56%
Oppose               41     23     56     42     36     45     46     38
DK/NA                 6      5      5      6      5      7      5      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              47%    62%    54%    51%    60%    52%    56%    46%    40%
Oppose               44     34     43     41     35     41     38     51     55
DK/NA                 9      4      3      7      5      6      6      3      5
 
 
84. Do you think the United States and its allies are winning or losing the fight against ISIS?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Winning              23%    12%    36%    20%    24%    21%    24%    22%
Losing               62     79     43     66     63     61     63     61
DK/NA                16      9     22     14     13     18     12     17
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Winning              29%    21%    26%    14%    22%    18%    20%    33%    29%
Losing               53     68     59     67     67     65     66     50     42
DK/NA                18     12     15     18     11     16     14     17     29
 
 

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