HPU Poll: North Carolinians Support More Action Against ISIS

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HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 8, 2015 – The newest High Point University Poll finds that a large majority of North Carolinians support the United States doing more to stop the extremist group called ISIS, and about half of respondents support allowing more refugees from Syria to move to the U.S.

North Carolinians are maintaining their attention to news about ISIS and continue to see an active role for the U.S. in taking action against them in Syria and Iraq. Seventy-four percent of people interviewed say they had heard a lot about ISIS. A large majority (66 percent) of respondents say that the U.S. should be doing more to stop ISIS from advancing in Syria and Iraq. This is consistent with the HPU Poll in February 2015, but is higher than the 60 percent who responded in the same way to a November 2014 HPU Poll.

North Carolinians are somewhat divided on the proper role for the U.S. in accepting refugees, including those specifically displaced by the conflict in Syria. About half (51 percent) of North Carolinians believe that the U.S. has a responsibility to take in refugees fleeing from other countries, and 68 percent say they have been following news about large numbers of refugees fleeing Syria. Overall, just less than half (49 percent) say they support the U.S. government allowing more Syrian refugees to move to the U.S.

These views on foreign policy exist in a context in which the public in North Carolina consistently sees the world as more dangerous, but a majority see it as important for the U.S. to have an active part in world affairs. Eighty-nine percent of North Carolina residents continue to say that the world is more dangerous rather than safer for the U.S. and its people, and a majority (54 percent) also continue to support the U.S. taking an active part in world affairs. These are relatively consistent findings when compared to previous HPU Polls in February 2015 and November 2014.

“North Carolinians continue to follow stories about turmoil in the Middle East, and although there is some agreement about the need for an active U.S. role in the region, there is less agreement on U.S. responsibility for the people fleeing the conflict,” says Dr. Martin Kifer, director of the HPU Poll and assistant professor of political science. “This poll overall has shown that many people in North Carolina are unhappy with the direction of the country both domestically and on foreign policy. The sense of increasing danger and disorder in these results likely contribute to that overall concern.”

All adults – U.S. role in the world (September/October 2015)

Do you think it will be best for the future of the country if we take an active part in world affairs, or if we stay out of world affairs?

Active part – 54 percent

Stay out – 39 percent

Don’t know/refused – 7 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed September 26 – October 1, n = 446 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.6 percent)

All adults – World safer or more dangerous for U.S. (September/October 2015)

Thinking about current U.S. relations with the rest of the world, would you say that the world is becoming safer or more dangerous for the U.S. and the American people?

Safer – 6 percent

More dangerous – 89 percent

Don’t know/refused – 5 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed September 26 – October 1, n = 446 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.6 percent)

All adults – U.S. Responsibility toward refugees (September/October 2015)

Do you think the U.S. does or does not have a responsibility to take in refugees fleeing from other countries?

Does – 51 percent

Does not – 41 percent

(Don’t know/refused) – 9 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed September 26 – October 1, n = 446 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.6 percent)

All adults – Following news about Syrian refugees (September/October 2015)

How closely have you been following the news about large numbers of refugees fleeing Syria?

Very closely – 29 percent

Somewhat closely – 39 percent

Not very closely – 19 percent

Not at all closely – 13 percent

(Don’t know/refused) – 1

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed September 26 – October 1, n = 446 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.6 percent)

All adults – Allowing more Syrian refugees into U.S. (September/October 2015)

Would you support or oppose the United States government allowing more Syrian refugees to move to the U.S.?HPU Poll - Syrian refugees - Oct. 2015

Support – 49 percent

Oppose – 40 percent

(Don’t know/refused) – 11 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed September 26 – October 1, n = 446 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.6 percent)

All adults – Heard about ISIS/ISIL (September/October 2015)

How much have you heard about the group that calls itself the Islamic State and operates in both Syria and Iraq? It is sometimes referred to as ISIS or ISIL. Have you heard a lot, a little, or nothing at all?

A lot – 74 percent

A little – 20 percent

Nothing at all – 5 percent

Don’t know – 1 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed September 26 – October 1, n = 446 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.6 percent)

All adults – U.S. take more action against ISIS/ISIL (September/October 2015)

Do you think the U.S. government should be doing more to stop the Islamic State or ISIS from advancing in Syria and Iraq?

Yes – 66 percent

No – 22 percent

Don’t know/refused – 12 percent

(All adult (North Carolina resident) sample surveyed September 26 – October 1, n = 446 and margin of sampling error approximately = +/- 4.6 percent)

The most recent HPU Poll was fielded by live interviewers at the High Point University Survey Research Center calling on Sept. 26 – Oct. 1, 2015. The responses from a sample of all North Carolina counties came from 446 adults with landline or cellular telephones. The Survey Research Center contracted with Survey Sampling International to acquire this sample. The survey has an estimated margin of sampling error of approximately 4.6 percentage points for all adult respondents. The data is weighted toward population estimates for cellular and landline telephone use, age, gender and race. In addition to sampling error, factors such as question wording and other methodological choices in conducting survey research can introduce additional error into the findings of opinion polls. Details from this survey are available at http://www.highpoint.edu/src/files/2015/10/41memoD.pdf.

Further results and methodological details from the most recent survey and past studies can be found at the Survey Research Center website at http://www.highpoint.edu/src/. The materials online include past press releases as well as memos summarizing the findings (including approval ratings) for each poll since 2010.

The HPU Poll reports methodological details in accordance with the standards set out by AAPOR’s Transparency Initiative, and the HPU Survey Research Center is a Charter Member of the Initiative. For more information, see http://transparency.aapor.org/index.php/transparency.

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Dr. Martin Kifer, assistant professor of political science, serves as the director of the HPU Poll, and Brian McDonald serves as the assistant director of the HPU Poll.

 

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