Americans against military intervention in Syria

Americans against military intervention in Syria
Thu May 2, 2013 15:49:25

Most Americans are against any US military intervention in Syria, a new survey shows.

According to the HuffPost/YouGov poll, only 5 percent of respondents said they would support sending ground troops to Syria, while 68 percent said they were opposed.

And support for the military providing weapons saw 51 percent opposed to 12 percent in favor.

US President Barack Obama suggested at a news conference Tuesday that military options might be on the table if it's proven that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons, but he said more information is needed to link chemical weapons use inside Syria to pro-government forces. This is while, the Syrian government says the militants used chemical weapons against the civilians several times.

Most Americans are not following the conflict in Syria very closely. In the HuffPost/YouGov poll, only 34 percent of respondents said they had heard a lot about the conflict. Another 48 percent said they had heard a little, and 18 percent said they'd heard nothing at all.

A Pew Research Center survey released on Monday also found few Americans paying close attention to Syria.

Other polls have found similarly low levels of support for taking military action in Syria. Most recently, a CBS/New York Times poll found that respondents said that they do not think the US has a responsibility to do anything about the fighting there, by a 62 percent to 24 percent margin.


Syria has been experiencing a deadly unrest since March 2011 when foreign-backed terrorists took over Syrian people’s peaceful call for change in the country’s political establishment.

The western-backed insurgency has led to death of many people, including large numbers of Syrian army and security personnel.

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