May 16 2012
In other words, most American voters disagree with Barack Hussein Obama who said, “We are not—and never will be—at war with Islam. It was not a religion that attacked us that September day. It was al-Qaeda.”
WND Rasmussen Reports found that 73% of mainstream U.S. voters believe there is a conflict in the world between Western civilization and Islamic nations, and a plurality (49%) believe most of the world’s Muslims view America as an enemy. The numbers became even more significant when separating mainstream U.S. voters from a group Rasmussen calls the “political class.” Only half of Rasmussen’s “political class” acknowledges a global conflict, and 62 percent reject the idea that Muslims view the U.S. as an enemy.
A series of polls released over the last few weeks shows most Americans believe a global conflict is raging between Islam and the West.
Specifically, Rasmussen Reports polls found that 63 percent of likely U.S. voters believe a battle is brewing, while only 18 percent deny the divide.
Furthermore, when asked about many Western nations’ support of the populist uprisings known as “the Arab Spring,” only 26 percent of voters think the United States should do more to encourage the growth of democracy in the Islamic world, while 58 percent say the United States should leave things alone.
Similarly, 61 percent of mainstream voters suspect a terrorist attack in the U.S. in the next year is likely, while 70 percent of the political class see little or no chance of such an attack.
Rasmussen found that taken as a whole, however, only 11 percent of likely U.S. voters think the war on terror is over, while 79 percent say that war, declared after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America, is still ongoing.
Rasmussen explains it defines “political class” as the subset of Americans whose answers to poll questions reveal they look primarily to governing elite – rather than the American people – to best rule the nation.
The “political class,” therefore, isn’t actually composed of D.C. and Wall Street insiders, but Rasmussen explains, “Experience has shown that political class voters share the views and attitudes of the elites they support. … In many cases, the gap between the mainstream view and the political class is larger than the gap between mainstream Republicans and Democrats.”
On the issue of international Islamic relations, Rasmussen found 80 percent of Republicans and 62 percent of unaffiliated believe there is a global conflict today between Western civilization and the Islamic world. Just 46 percent of Democrats agreed.
There’s little partisan disagreement, however, when it comes to what the United States should do about it, Rasmussen found: Majorities of all three groups say America should stop fueling the Arab Spring that has already toppled several more secular governments in the Muslim world.