A national survey finds that twice as many Americans approve than disapprove of the U.S. military campaign against the so-called Islamic State.

    The Pew Research Center in Washington, DC published the survey. Researchers found that 63 percent of Americans support the campaign against the Islamic State, the group also known as ISIL or ISIS.

    Carroll Doherty is Director of Political Research for the Pew Research Center. He says now nearly half of Americans are willing to consider sending ground forces to fight the Islamic State group.
    卡罗尔·多尔蒂(Carroll Doherty)是皮尤研究中心政治研究部门负责人。他说现在近一半美国人愿意考虑派遣地面部队打击伊斯兰国集团。

    "Equally important you see growing support for the possible use of U.S. ground forces to deal with this threat. Forty-seven percent favor the use of ground troops now."

    Mr. Doherty says that number is up from 39 percent since last October.

    "A significant shift and given that the public has long been wary of using U.S. ground forces in conflicts around the world, 47 percent is a pretty sizeable share of the public supporting that view."

    But Mr. Doherty says support for ground troops could change if sending American soldiers becomes more of a real possibility.

    U.S. government officials have not yet formally debated sending American ground troops to fight in Iraq and Syria.

    There is a partisan, or political, divide on the issue as well. Republicans are twice as likely as Democrats to support the use of ground troops to fight the Islamic State militants. Sixty-seven percent of Republicans support using ground troops, but only 32 percent of Democrats do.

    Democrats are three times as likely as Republicans to say they are concerned that the U.S. will go too far in getting involved in the fight. Some Americans are wary after years of fighting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    "While there is a clear desire to stop this group, there is also this nagging, lingering concern over yet another deep, long-term U.S. involvement in the region. And that concern is particularly felt by Democrats, more than Republicans."

    Researchers took the survey in February after Islamic State militants released videos of horrific murder scenes. Those videos show more than 20 Egyptian Christian men beheaded on the beach and a Jordanian pilot burned alive in a cage. Earlier videos show Islamic State militants beheading Western and Japanese hostages.

    Mr. Doherty says the survey shows Americans know about these stories and are reacting to them.

    "Americans have been seeing a steady stream of just horrific acts by ISIS, you know, between the beheadings and other atrocities. And you know, the news reports about the growing power of this group. And the public is reacting to it and saying that, you know, more needs to be done to stop ISIS."

    In February, the media reported that another Islamic State hostage, 26-year-old American Kayla Mueller, died in Syria. The public does not know how she died. Pew researchers found that most Americans still support the U.S. government policy of not paying for hostages held by terrorist groups.
    今年二月,媒体报道另一位伊斯兰国人质,26岁的美国人凯拉·穆勒(Kayla Mueller)在叙利亚遇难。公众不知道她怎么死的。皮尤研究中心的研究人员发现,大多数美国人仍然支持美国政府不向恐怖组织支付人质赎金的政策。

    James Comey is the director of the FBI. He says the U.S. government is following 150 people suspected of terrorist connections who traveled from the U.S. to Syria.
    詹姆斯·科米(James Comey)是美国联邦调查局局长。他说,美国政府正在跟踪150名从美国前往叙利亚的恐怖主义嫌犯。

    On February 25, authorities arrested three men in New York and Florida who, they say, have connections to Islamic militants. And in Minnesota, a threatened attack against the Mall of America has increased Americans' fears of another terrorist act on U.S. soil.

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