Poll: Low Confidence in Leaders Dealing with Terrorism


From Eric Garcia writing at Roll Call:

A new poll shows more Americans are concerned about terrorism than the economy for the first time since the Great Recession, and they don’t have much confidence in how President Barack Obama is handling it or how those running to replace him would.

Republican front-runner Donald Trump has amped up his rhetoric on terrorism since the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, calling for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. and his poll numbers have risen among GOP voters. But 53 percent of  those responding to the YouGov/Economist poll felt uneasy about Trump’s abilities to deal wisely with terrorism. That’s second to Ben Carson at 55 percent, who has fallen in polls as concerns about terror has risen.

The candidate who scored best was Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, with 40 percent of those polled saying they were confident about her ability to deal wisely with terrorism. But 46 percent said they would feel uneasy with the former secretary of state’s ability to deal with terrorism, higher than Republican Sens. Ted Cruz, at 41 percent, and Marco Rubio, at 40 percent, who have risen in Republican polling in recent weeks.

Read the rest of the story at Roll Call.