Americans oppose US intervention in Syria: Poll

Americans oppose US intervention in Syria: Poll
Sun Aug 25, 2013 09:44:08

Americans have strongly opposed US military intervention in Syria war and believe Washington should stay out of the conflict, a poll shows.

Americans believe the United States should not intervene in Syrian crisis even if reports of an alleged chemical attack are confirmed, a Reuters/Ipsos poll says.

About 60 percent of Americans surveyed said the United States should not intervene in the war, while just 9 percent thought President Barack Obama should act.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll, taken August 19-23, found that 25 percent of Americans would support US intervention if Syrian government forces used chemicals to attack civilians, while 46 percent would oppose it.

That represented a decline in backing for US action since August 13, when Reuters/Ipsos tracking polls found that 30.2 percent of Americans supported intervention in Syria if chemicals had been used, while 41.6 percent did not.

Taken together, the polls suggest that so far, the growing crisis in Syria, and the emotionally wrenching pictures from an alleged chemical attack in a Damascus suburb this week, may actually be hardening many Americans' resolve not to get involved in another conflict in the Middle East.

Syrian government is investigating alleged chemical attack reports, but many officials have said the foreign-backed opposition has carried out the attack.

The opposition in return says it was the army.

The results - and Reuters/Ipsos polling on the use-of-chemicals question since early June - suggest that if Obama decides to undertake military action against the Syrian government, he will do so in the face of steady opposition from an American public wary after more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.


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