Majority of Americans say US ‘less safe’ from domestic terrorism under Obama – poll

© Carlo Allegri
The majority of Americans – 51% – feel that President Barack Obama’s conduct has made the nation less safe from domestic terrorism, according to a recent national security poll.

Answering the question, “Has President Obama made the US safer or less safe from domestic terrorism?” a shocking 51 percent of respondents to a survey conducted by Breitbart-Gravis said they felt that President Obama’s policies had made the nation more vulnerable to domestic terrorism. Only 30 percent claimed Obama had succeeded in thwarting domestic terrorist attacks and 15 percent said they had witnessed no change regarding the matter.

When asked whether they felt more or less safe from terrorism in general than they did eight years ago, 53 percent of those interviewed claimed they felt less safe, while only 15 percent said they felt safer.

Nearly six out of 10 respondents also thought the number of refugees coming into the United States each year was too large, while 41 percent said that either too few or just the right number of asylum seekers had been allowed in.  

Breitbart is a conservative news site whose chief executive, Stephen Bannon, currently heads the presidential campaign of Republican candidate Donald Trump. The survey involved 1,503 registered voters and was conducted on September 20, 2016.

Americans were thrown into the ‘War on Terror’ by former President George W. Bush following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, when terrorists hijacked commercial airliners and used them as missiles to target the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Large-scale ground wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were accompanied by widespread domestic and international surveillance.

Barack Obama has inherited Bush’s policy, letting it evolve by expanding America's global military and surveillance efforts since taking office in 2009, including bombing at least seven Muslim-majority nations.

In September 2014, the president also launched military operations in the Middle East to counter Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), the successor group of Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI).

Despite these efforts, Obama's handling of threats at home has not received positive feedback and has often been regarded as weak.

Following the most recent terrorist attacks that took place in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota a little over a week ago, the president stated the US would continue to “lead the global coalition” against terrorists.

“We’re going to continue to go after them, we’re going to take out their leaders, their infrastructure. They are continuing to lose ground in Iraq and Syria,” he added.

It has been estimated that at least one major terrorist attack linked to Islamists has taken place in the United States every year while President Obama has been in the White House.

According to recently declassified FBI data obtained by Breitbart Texas, there were 7,712 incidents characterized as “Known or Suspected Terrorist Encounters” in the US between July 2015 and July 2016. Most of the encounters occurred near the US-Mexico border – in states such as Texas, California, and Arizona – indicating that those known or suspected of being terrorists have attempted to enter the US through Mexico. The majority of registered encounters were with known or suspected Islamic terrorists, but there were also encounters with “other international terrorist groups or affiliates” and “domestic terrorism.”