6 polls: Americans strongly oppose attacking Syria

6 polls: Americans strongly oppose attacking Syria
Tue Sep 10, 2013 16:51:37

Six different polls from six different outlets have come out, showing that the broad opposition to an American attack on Syria is not only intact but actually growing in spite of a solid week of pro-war campaigning by the administration.

ABC Poll: 64% Opposed, 30% Support

Associated Press Poll: 61% Opposed, 26% Support

CNN Poll: 59% Opposed, 39% Support

NY Times/CBS Poll: 61% Opposed, 30% Support

Pew Research: 63% Opposed, 28% Support

USA Today: 63% Opposed, 28% Support

Last week’s polls had shown just over 50% opposed and in the upper-20% support, with the rest undecided. Monday’s polls all seem to agree that the undecided are falling and they are falling against the war.

The votes were taken during the last weekend and the possible change in public opinion after Russia-Syria proposal to put chemical materials in Syria under international supervision was not reflected in these digits.

Public opposition has been seen driving Congressional opposition in the United States, and while a large portion of representatives remain officially on the fence, more than a majority has already come out against the war.

With that opposition growing, there is little reason to think the remaining undecided will go the opposite direction, and the House defeat could be a monumental rebuke for the war.

Former US Congressman Ron Paul said President Barack Obama defeat in the Congress over his war plans against Syria would be ‘historic’.

“I think there’s a historic event going on here and if this vote is won, that is defeat [of] the request to have more military approach to Syria, I think it will be historic because it would be a grand coalition of the Libertarian Republicans and the Democratic Progressives,” Paul said.

The war rhetoric against Syria intensified after foreign-backed opposition forces accused the government of President Bashar al-Assad of launching the chemical attack on militant strongholds in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21.

Damascus has vehemently denied the accusations, saying the attack was carried out by the militants themselves as a false-flag operation to open the way for their foreign supporters to attack Syria.

Syrian government has already submitted evidence to the UN on use of chemical weapons by anti-Syria militants in three incidents in the Arab country.


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