(Talk Media News) — A record number of Americans believe terrorists are winning in their efforts against the United States, according to a poll released Monday.
A new CNN/ORC poll shows that nearly 40 percent of Americans believe that terrorist organizations are winning the ongoing war on terrorism, with 40 percent saying neither side and just 18 percent saying the United States has been successful.
The numbers are a significant jump from the previous record held back in August of 2006, the peak of the Iraq War when it stood at 22 percent.
Additionally, just 17 percent of respondents said that they “have a great deal” of confidence that President Obama can protect U.S. citizens from future acts of terrorism, down from its peak of 27 percent back in August of 2009.
Americans also continue to be split on whether or not to send ground troops into Iraq and or Syria to combat the Islamic State as well, with 49 percent in favor and 49 percent opposed.
The poll comes after a massive terrorist attack in Paris, France as well as an attack in San Bernardino, Calif. that left 14 dead and 22 wounded.
Monday’s poll was conducted among 1,018 adults from Dec. 17-21 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.