In his inaugural speech, President Trump promised to "unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth." But his administration has yet to release a comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy. The president has tinkered around the edges, with unsuccessful attempts to implement a travel ban from six countries in the Middle East and has continued the Obama administration's blend of airstrikes, Special Forces raids, and military training of the Iraqi army.
The 2017 Chicago Council Survey finds that a majority of Americans continue to believe that international terrorism is one of the most critical threats to the United States (75%), and majorities of Americans (68%) continue to support the use of US airstrikes to combat violent Islamic extremist groups in Syria. The public is more divided, however, over the Trump administration’s ability to make America safe from terrorism. While one-third of Americans (32%) believe President Trump’s policies will make the US safer from the threat of terrorism, another third (35%) think it will make America less safe.