Gallup: Majority Opposes Military Strike

Friday, 06 Sep 2013 03:12 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
More than half of Americans oppose the United States government using military action to reduce Syria's ability to use chemical weapons, a new Gallup poll reveals.

According to a random survey taken on Aug. 3-4 of 1,021 adults, 51 percent of those responding oppose a military strike on Syria, Gallup reports. A further 13 percent are not sure.

Just 36 percent support military action against President Bashar Assad, the poll shows. That number show Americans' support among the lowest for any military intervention that Gallup has asked about in the last 20 years. However, the poll numbers show the numbers coming closer than in May, when Gallup asked people if they oppose military action "to attempt to end the conflict" if "all economic and diplomatic efforts to fail end the civil war in Syria." At that time, Americans opposed strikes by a 68 to 24 percent margin.

Support may have gone up because of reports that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime used chemical weapons on men, women, and children in Damascus, resulting in more than 1,400 casualties.

In addition, the current question narrows the goal further than the question in May, Gallup said.

Among other recent conflicts, support was highest for intervening in Afghanistan and lowest for heading to Kosovo in 1999, which some analysts compare to the Syrian situation.

Support may climb, though, if the U.S. uses military force, said Gallup, through what is known as a "rally effect." For example, Americans' support of intervention in 1999 in Kosovo and the Balkans, along with the 2003 Iraq war, grew after military strikes started.

Congressional authorization may also boost support for action in Syria, history shows. Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, both shortly after the Sept.11, 2001 attacks, had high support and military backing, even though now many Americans consider the conflicts as mistakes.

Conflict in Syria is also being considered on a partisan basis, the report shows. Democrats are divided on whether to intervene, while a strong majority of Republicans oppose President Barack Obama's plans for limited military strike. The numbers are markedly different than for the war in Iraq, which Republicans supported — and which were backed by GOP President George W. Bush.

The poll also revealed that Americans are trying to be well-informed about Syria, with 71 percent saying they are following news about the civil war either closely or somewhat closely, compared to 48 percent in June.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Retype Email:
Zip Code:
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Report: Emails Show Justice Dept. Involved in IRS Tea Party Probe

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 19:01 PM

Embattled former IRS official Lois Lerner last year discussed working with the Justice Department to prosecute nonprofit . . .

White House Census Changes Mask Obamacare Impact

Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 13:55 PM

The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than 30 years, is revising its annual surv . . .

Tributes Planned to Mark Boston Marathon Bombing

Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 06:17 AM

The anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings promises to be a day of tributes to the three people who died, the more  . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved