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More Brainwashing Needed: Ordinary Americans Feel Threatened by Islamic State, Not Russia

68% of Americans say Islamic State represents a serious threat, just 25% feel the same about Russia 


WASHINGTON, April 22 (Xinhua) -- The American people see ISIS ( Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) as a bigger threat to the U.S. than IranRussia or other countries, a new CNN/ORC poll showed Wednesday.

The poll showed that 68 percent interviewees think ISIS is a very serious threat, compared with just 39 percent who think so about Iran, 32 percent about North Korea, 25 percent about Russia. Nearly 9 in 10 see ISIS as at least a moderately serious threat.

The majorities across political and ideological lines say ISIS is a deeply serious threat to the U.S., including 68 percent of Democrats, 79 percent of Republican and 63 percent of independents.

Last Sunday, six Somali-Americans from the state of Minnesota have been arrested by U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation for trying to join ISIS, raising concerns that the threat posed by the group is growing and the military battle against ISIS could spread.

In a CNN/ORC March poll, the public remained mostly confident that the U.S. effort to combat ISIS would succeed, it also showed 79 percent of Americans were worried that the conflict would develop into a larger war that would spread throughout the region to other parts of the world.

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