A large majority of American voters now expect a “catastrophic terrorist attack” by Islamists inside the United States. According to a new poll from McLaughlin & Associates, 74.2% of likely voters said they fear an attack in America by Islamic State terrorists if they are not defeated in Iraq and Syria, and nearly the same number expected that attack to take the form of chemical or biological weapons.
Here is a summary of the results (via the Washington Examiner):
1. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: "A terrorist organization known as ISIS or the Islamic State is brutally killing and torturing Muslims, Christians and other minority groups in Syria and Iraq. Its leaders are also threatening to launch terrorist attacks against other countries. If ISIS forces are not defeated soon, I worry they will launch a catastrophic terrorist attack inside the United States of America, and might even use chemical or biological weapons"?
· 74.2% agree
· 20.0% disagree
· 5.8% don't know/refused to answer
2. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: "If the terrorist forces of ISIS are not defeated soon in Syria and Iraq, I worry they will soon launch a genocidal attack against the State of Israel, and might even use chemical or biological weapons if they can capture or develop such weapons"?
· 72.7% agree
· 19.9% disagree
· 7.4% don't know/refused to answer
3. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: "The terrorist forces of ISIS are currently trying to bring down the governments of Syria and Iraq. If ISIS is not defeated soon, I am afraid they will also try to overthrow the King of Jordan - an important, moderate Arab ally of the United States - and use Jordan as a base camp to launch terrorist attacks against America and Israel?
· 64.9%% agree
· 20.2% disagree
· 14.9% don't know/refused to answer
[Source: Survey of 1,000 likely U.S. voters conducted by McLaughlin & Associates (3.5% +/- margin of error) on November 4, 2014, for Joel C. Rosenberg, author of The Third Target.www.joelrosenberg.com ]
Image: A "Not Afraid" demonstration following the terrorist attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo Wednesday.