American Voters See Obama as Too Weak Against Iran, Islamic State, Poll Shows

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July 17, 2015

A majority of U.S. voters don’t believe that President Obama has been "aggressive" enough in his efforts to thwart Islamic State terrorists or disable Iran’s nuclear capabilities.

According to a Fox News poll released Thursday, 59 percent of American adults agree that the Obama administration has not been aggressive enough in its actions to combat the Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL.) Only 29 percent believe the president has been adequately aggressive.

The poll, which was conducted between July 13 and 15, also indicates that Americans believe Obama has been too weak in his actions regarding Iran's nuclear program.

Fifty-one percent think that Obama has not been aggressive enough in trying to stop Iran from expanding its nuclear weapons program, while only 37 percent deem the president’s efforts aggressive enough.

What’s more, a strong majority of Americans -- 68 percent -- are at least somewhat concerned that the Obama administration has been so eager to attain a deal with Iran that economic sanctions will be eased too much.

Such concern stretches across party lines. While Republican voters are more concerned about the issue than their Democratic counterparts, both liberals and conservatives are more concerned than not that the Obama administration is making too many concessions to Iran.

The survey comes at a time when Obama’s foreign policy decisions are receiving scrutiny in the wake of the announced nuclear arms agreement with Iran.

The president has been defending the deal, which would lift international sanctions on Iran while allowing the country to press on with crucial elements of its nuclear research and development.

Obama has also been forced to repeatedly address events in the Middle East as IS terrorists seize territory there, and has recently insisted that there are no plans to send more troops overseas to fight the Islamic extremists.