Poll: Most Americans against striking Syria
WASHINGTON — Americans widely oppose initiating missile strikes against the Syrian government for its alleged use of chemical weapons, according to an Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Nearly six in 10 are opposed to missile strikes, despite the government's determination that Syria used chemical weapons against its own people. Democrats and Republicans alike oppose strikes by double-digit margins, and there is deep opposition among every political and demographic group in the survey. Political independents are among the most clearly opposed, with 66 percent saying they are against military action.
The survey was conducted Wednesday through Sunday, as the Obama administration made its public case for military strikes and presented intelligence claiming “high certainty” that Syria's government is the culprit in attacks.
Americans express more support for action if Britain and France join the cause, a prospect that became far less likely when the British parliament shot down a proposal for military action in Syria. Americans' support for missile strikes in Syria rises to 46 percent if Britain and France participate, including a 14 point jump among independents.
The results from the survey, which used a random national sample of 1,012 adults, have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
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