Tags: Syria | gas | attack | syria | rebels

Gas Attacks Fail to Move Americans to Support Syrian Rebels

Monday, 26 Aug 2013 12:17 PM

By Dan Weil

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Most Americans want the country to keep out of the Syrian civil war, according to a new poll taken just as accusations were made that the Assad regime had used poison gas to kill hundreds of its opponents.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted from August 19-23. The news of the attack on Damascus suburbs came out on August 21.

A hypothetical question about whether the U.S. should intervene if the government used chemical weapons against its own people narrowed the gap, with 25 percent supporting action and 46 percent opposed.

A poll earlier this month had shown slightly stronger support for intervention. "Taken together, the polls suggest that so far, the growing crisis in Syria, and the emotionally wrenching pictures from an alleged chemical attack in a Damascus suburb this week, may actually be hardening many Americans' resolve not to get involved in another conflict in the Middle East," said Reuters.

The new poll of 1,448 people showed only 27 percent backed President Barack Obama's decision to send light arms to Syrian rebels, while 47 percent were opposed.

Given a choice of options that Obama faces, 37 percent of Americans opted for no intervention, 12 percent supported air strikes to help the rebels, 11 percent backed imposition of a "no-fly" zone over Syria, 9 percent approved of funding a multi-national invasion of Syria, and 4 percent supported an invasion with U.S. troops.


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
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

Israel's 'Iron Dome' Makers Hit by Hackers

Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 18:42 PM

Three Israeli defense contractors behind the Iron Dome missile shield and related systems were robbed of hundreds of doc . . .

Israel Intensifies Gaza Assault, Egyptians Revise Truce Plan

Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 15:03 PM

Israel knocked out Gaza's only power plant and pounded dozens of other high-profile targets on Tuesday, while Egyptian m . . .

Lawmakers Try to Seal $225M Aid Package for Israel

Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 13:40 PM

Democratic and Republican members of Congress scrambled Tuesday to seal a $225 million boost to Israel's Iron Dome missi . . .

Most Commented

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

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