Republicans Seen as Stronger on Terrorism

Impact of Brussels-like Events on U.S. Politics

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Washington, DC - Electorally speaking, terrorist attacks like the one in Brussels are more likely to benefit Republicans than Democrats.

Republicans historically have been seen as more credible on “terrorism” and “foreign policy”.

  • The March 2016 Ipsos/Reuters poll puts Republicans at a 7-point advantage on “the war on terror”.

Typically, after an attack, public concern about terrorism spikes as a priority among Americans (e.g. after Paris and San Bernardino).

  • However, this peaked salience has a fairly quick half-life of maybe a few months depending on the gravity and proximity to US soil.
  • We expect that “terrorism as a priority” will spike again as a result of the Brussels event but will most likely recede quickly as a concern, and thus have little impact on the US election.

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For more information on this news release please contact:

Clifford Young
President, US Public Affairs
Ipsos Public Affairs
202.420.2016
clifford.young@ipsos.com

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Republicans Seen as Stronger on Terrorism

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Clifford Young
President, US
Ipsos Public Affairs
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clifford.young@ipsos.com