POLL: Americans reject “sugarcoating” of the threat from Islamic extremism

A new poll released by Kellyanne Conway’s The Polling Company finds that Islamic extremism is viewed as a threat to peace in the Middle East and home in the United States. There is near consensus that “the religious and ideological teachings of fundamental Islam extremists (not all) are the root cause of terror.”

Other key findings include:

  • “Security” is the dominant theme. Whether preceded by the words “financial,” “border,” or “national,” Americans have elevated safety and survival to top-of-list concerns
  • Familiarity with both “Jihad” and “Sharia law” fell short of actual knowledge, but Americans know enough to cause concern. With Americans paying renewed attention, the time is ripe for an information and education campaign
  • “Security Mom” has returned – if in fact she’d ever receded. Female focus on national security (and border security) is increasing and crystallizing
  • The power grid is seen as a vulnerable piece of the national infrastructure (83%), while a 44% plurality say that securing the grid is a top-three issue

 

See the embedded top line information or click on the link below it to download a PDF version:

CSP Nationwide Survey – TOPLINE DATA – 9.27.2014

 

See the embedded slide presentation or click on the link below it to download a PDF version:

Nationwide_Survey_and Focus_Group_Findings_Conway_Sept201 [PDF]