Percentage of Americans who want to send ground troops to fight ISIS rises to 41%: Poll

Smoke rises from the the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds, after a strike from the US-led coalition as it seen from the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern village of Mursitpinar, Sanliurfa province, on Oct 14, 2014.&nbs
Smoke rises from the the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds, after a strike from the US-led coalition as it seen from the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern village of Mursitpinar, Sanliurfa province, on Oct 14, 2014. A rising number of Americans think the battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) should broaden to include United States ground troops, according to a poll published on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A rising number of Americans think the battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) should broaden to include United States ground troops, according to a poll published on Wednesday.

Forty-one percent of those surveyed believe the fight should include both air strikes and ground troops, up from 34 per cent in September, according to the NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll.

A total of 35 per cent back just airstrikes against the militant group that has seized broad swathes of land in Syria and Iraq, down from 40 per cent in September, according to the poll.

The rise in those who back broadening the campaign to include soldiers on the ground stems mainly from people who make up the core of the Republican Party, the poll said. The level among Democrats, white women and young people is basically unchanged since September.

The poll added that 55 per cent of Americans do not support the way President Barack Obama is handling the fight against ISIS. Thirty-seven percent approve.

The poll of 1,000 registered voters had a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.