Polls: Opposition to Syria strikes on the rise
By Aaron Blake, Published: September 9 at 12:29 pm
Two new polls shows public opinion is increasingly stacked against the White House’s push for military action in Syria, with about six in 10 Americans now opposed.
According to a CNN/Opinion Research poll, 59 percent of Americans say Congress should vote against even a limited “use of force” resolution — one that would restrict the window for action to two or three months and prohibit any “boots on the ground.”
A USA Today/Pew Research Center poll, meanwhile, shows opposition to the use of force increasing from 48 percent last week to 63 percent today.
In the CNN poll, about seven in 10 say both that military action would not have a significant impact and that it is not in the national interest.
One area in which the White House is succeeding is convincing people that the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its own people. While some in Congress and the international community have expressed a desire for more conclusive proof, eight in 10 Americans say they believe that’s a true statement.
The Pew poll shows opposition to military force increasing especially among Republicans. While last week Republicans were pretty evenly split on military action — 35 percent in favor, 40 percent opposed — they now oppose military action 70-21.
Opposition also rose significantly among political independents, from 50 percent to 66 percent.
A majority of Democrats remain opposed, though the split is similar to what it was last week.
The new polls echoes other polling from last week that showed Americans more opposed to than supportive of U.S. military action in Syria. A Washington Post-ABC News poll showed people from across the political spectrum are opposed to the idea.
A new Gallup poll shows the many reasons why people are opposed — with the most popular being that it’s not something that concerns the United States.
As of right now, the resolution appears to face an uphill battle in the House, with most members either opposing it or expressing skepticism.
This post has been updated with the Pew numbers. It was originally posted at 8:48 a.m.
Aaron BlakeAaron Blake covers national politics at the Washington Post, where he writes regularly for the paper’s Post Politics and The Fix blogs. A Minnesota native and graduate of the University of Minnesota, Aaron has also written for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and The Hill newspaper. He joined the Post in 2010. Aaron, his wife, Danielle, and his dog, Mauer, live in Northern Virginia. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronBlakeWP.
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9/10/2013 9:11 AM PDT
So when Obama suggested striking Syria, who supported him?
Did the American people? No.
Did Congress? Not likely.
Did the international community? Not even close.
So the idea of striking Syria CAME from the WH – Barrack Obama and his minions, and was supported by virtually NO ONE.
Big win for the WH today.
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9/10/2013 7:33 AM PDT
Has anybody taken the time to consider what has happened in Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, and now Syria?
BO and Hil have supported “Democratic” revolutions in each country. The outcome was the opposite.
1. Minorities (Christian, Muslim, etc.) have been slaughtered,, beaten, raped publically (in broad daylight) and their places of worship, education, hospitals, businesses & homes destroyed, They have been subjected to Sharia Law with respect to appearing in public unmasked, education, employment, etc. and all semblance of a free and democratic government denied.
2. The Muslim Brotherhood/Al Qaeda have pulled off a NAZI style putsch with all the trimmings for all minorities aided and abetted by BO & Hil
Only a 2nd revolt by the Egyptian people supported by the Army reversed the picture despite the threats by BO to withhold humanitarian aid.
The horror of all this is we the people have stood idly by and let it happen including Syria. Of the 37 revolutionary groups 30 are aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda.. Who does OB-nazi go after – NOT THE SAME FOLKS WHO HAVE KILLED, MAIMED & WOUNDED IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. I NOW BELIEVE THE GAS ATTACK WAS A SET UP TO BLAME THE EXISTING SYRIAN GOVERNMENT
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9/10/2013 3:57 AM PDT
Although Assad is a monstrous miscreant for mass-murdering many of his own civilian people with chemical weapons, there is the problem of self-escalation, of sinking deeper into a greater military involvement (just as what happened in the quagmire of Iraq) if we retaliate militarily, because Assad’s regime seems to be stronger than that of other Mideast dictators toppled during the “Arab Spring” uprisings (unlike say Libya where it was clear that with a little military help from the US and our allies, the rebels could topple Gaddafi’s tyrannical regime).
Also, there is the issue that if Assad were overthrown, an anti-American militant Islamic regime would take over, such as pro-Assad and anti-American, anti-Israel Hezbollah.. or a Sunni terrorist faction involving al-Qaeda. But many Americans, from liberals to right-wingers, are sick of costly US involvement in wars and military entanglements.
So this is a complex issue and NOT a political or partisan one (that is, debating from conservative or liberal viewpoints), but rather a common-sense concern of getting into another military quagmire and/or fostering militant Islam, vs a humanitarian one of trying prevent further civilian mass-murders, as individual Repubs. and Dems in Congress show varying positions within their own parties.