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Poll: 42 percent of Americans think the US is winning the 'war on terror'

Americans' confidence in the so-called war on terror is higher than it's been in several years, according to a poll from Rasmussen Reports.

The survey of 1,000 likely American voters, conducted between March 26-27, found that 42 percent of respondents believe that the U.S. and its allies are winning the global war on terrorism. Twenty percent said that terrorists have the upper hand, 31 percent said neither and 7 percent were unsure.

While that number is down from 45 percent during the week leading up to President Trump's inauguration in January, confidence levels are still higher than they have been since January 2013 when they were also at 42 percent. The last time that confidence levels in the fight against terrorism reached 45 percent was December 2012. Rasmussen Reports has been conducting the survey multiple times per year since early 2005.

The lowest levels of confidence in efforts to defeat terrorism came in February 2015 when only 19 percent of respondents believed that the U.S. was winning the war on terror and 37 percent believed that terrorists were winning. Those results came in the weeks after the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, France and as the threat of the Islamic State group was beginning to grow.

This most recent poll also asked respondents if they believed the U.S. was doing enough to address the threat of domestic Islamic terrorism. Twenty-four percent said too much, 38 percent said not enough, 28 percent said the focus is about right and 11 percent were unsure.

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