The Obama administration may be divided over whether to get tough on the Islamic State, but conservative public opinion is solidly behind a more vigorous prosecution of the war, according to a poll by FedUp PAC.
A nearly-unanimous 97% called for a change in the rules of engagement that currently cause a majority of American planes to return to base without having dropped a bomb or fired a missile. It often takes as long as an hour for a pilot to get a response to his request to attack, and 96% also supported taking steps to make approval faster.
Changing the rules to give pilots more ability to make their own decision on attacking won 92% approval, while 77% said that Islamic state strongholds should be attacked even at the cost of civilian casualties. Bombing mosques, if they are being used for military purposes such as storing weapons, would be allowed by 95%.
Sending at least 10,000 ground troops to fight in Syria and Iraq had 76% support, but only 31% favored the use of nuclear weapons.
State Department involvement in deciding the rules of engagement was seen as a hindrance, with 95% saying the State Department should have less influence. However, State would still have an important role in the war since 97% wanted to persuade the Gulf States to play a larger and more active role in fighting the Islamic State.
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