Eight in 10 Americans believe Syrian President Bashar Assad gassed his own people, including children, yet an overwhelming number of those surveyed in a new CNN/ORC International poll
oppose a military strike on his regime.
According to the poll, seven in 10 of the 1,022 adults surveyed Sept. 6-8 said retaliatory strikes would not be in the U.S. interest nor would achieve any "significant goals" in terms of resolving Syria's civil conflict.
The overwhelming public opposition to an attack on Syria seemed to belie the views expressed by eight in 10 survey participants who said they believe Assad was responsible for the Aug. 21 chemical-weapons attack on civilians in a Damascus suburb that reportedly killed at least 1,400, many of them children.
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The results are similar to those of an Associated Press poll of House and Senate members over the weekend, which found that found that lawmakers who have already announced their positions are opposed to a military strike against Syria by a more than 6-to-1 margin. In the Senate, the views on a strike were more evenly divided.
The survey, however, did not represent the current 533 membership of Congress,
since half the 433 House members (two seats are vacant] and at least one-third of the 100-member Senate remain undecided.
The Senate is expected to take up a resolution this week authorizing military action against Syria within 60-90 days and barring the use of ground troops. The House is expected to follow with a vote soon after.
When asked about the Senate resolution, the CNN/ORC poll found that 59 percent are opposed to it, while 40 percent said they could support it.
But the survey also found that seven in 10 Americans are opposed to President Barack Obama going ahead with military action if Congress votes it down.
Breaking down the survey by party, 56 percent of those who identified themselves as Democrats said Congress should authorize military action, while only 36 percent of Republicans agreed with that view. Only 29 percent of independents, said they were in favor of Congress authorizing a strike against Syria.
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