Is the National Electorate to the Right of Republicans on National Security?

The pollsters Pat Caddell and John McLaughlin unveiled some startling national poll numbers recently, at David Horowitz's November 2011 Restoration Weekend (video presentation here).

The gist of the research is that Obama is very vulnerable on foreign policy, if Republican candidates take him on directly, issue by issue, which they have yet to show any strong interest in doing.

In reading through these poll results it is obvious that Iran, sharia and jihadists frighten the public, more so than most Republican elected officials are frightened.

Here are the 8 poll questions:


Question:  If sanctions against Iran do not work, would you approve or disapprove of using the military to attack and destroy the facilities in Iran which are necessary to produce a nuclear weapon?

Result: Approve 64% (strongly approve 39%), Disapprove 23%

(Pat Caddell notes that women approve more strongly than men across party affiliations.)

Question:  Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the Muslim Brotherhood?

Result: Favorable 10%, Unfavorable 44%, No Opinion 35%

Question: Sharia Law is the code of conduct or religious law of Islam.  Do you approve or disapprove of US judges applying Sharia Law when deciding cases in American federal and state courts?

Result: Approve 6%, Disapprove 76% (strongly disapprove 67%)

Question:  How concerned are you about Islamic terrorism by American-born Muslims?

Result: Concerned 86%, Not Concerned 13%  (John McLaughlin reminds us that Rep. Peter King, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, was warned strongly last year by fellow Republicans not to conduct hearings on radicalization of US Muslims.)

Question:  Regarding the congressional hearings on radicalization of Muslims in the US, they need to continue because they provide valuable information needed to stop terrorism -- agree or disagree?

Result: Agree 63%, Disagree 20%

Question:  Members of the US media and political elites are so concerned with being politically correct, they are downplaying and not paying enough attention to the threats to American security by Islamic terrorists.  Agree or disagree?

Result: Agree 63%, Disagree 20%

Question: A first year Muslim teacher in Chicago sued to be allowed to go on her pilgrimage, which the School Board refused since they would never give the time off to any other teacher.  US attorney general Eric Holder intervened to take up her case, which will involve spending millions of dollars, arguing her "rights."  What is your reaction to this story?  Does it make you ... (open ended)

Result: Angry/Upsetting 78%, Not Upsetting 17%

Question: Last year an American cartoonist named Molly Norris from Seattle came up with an idea to satirize radical Islamic terrorists with a "Draw Mohammed" contest.  Molly Norris received numerous death threats from known terrorists, including the current head of al Qaeda.  Although she's an American citizen living in the US, the FBI came to Molly Norris and told her that the threat against her was real and that they would not protect her, and she would need to change her identity, give up her job, and go into hiding, which she did.  What is your reaction to this story?  Does it make you ... (open ended)

Result: Angry/Upset 80%, Not Upset 13%


Judging by the middling priority leading Republicans place on these issues and news stories, they either don't comprehend the public's overwhelming rejection of Obama's appeasement, or they are afraid of the "Islamophobic" tag.

Note: The poll sample was national and across party affiliations, according to Pat's comments in the linked video, although I have not been able to find the actual report, conducted by Secure America Now.  The website is here.

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