Gallup: Majority of Americans oppose Syria intervention

September 6th, 2013 | by Erica Felci | Comments

As Congress prepares to vote on military intervention in Syria, a new poll shows the majority of Americans do not support the idea of limited strikes.

A Gallup poll released this morning shows only 36 percent of Americans favor U.S. involvement, with 51 percent opposing any action.

Another 13 percent are unsure.

“Americans’ support for the United States’ taking military action against the Syrian government for its suspected use of chemical weapons is on track to be among the lowest for any intervention Gallup has asked about in the last 20 years,” the respected pollster announced today.

More than 1,000 Americans were polled in the telephone survey on Sept. 3-4.

As reported today by The Desert Sun, California Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein both plan to vote yes when President Barack Obama’s plan for limited strikes goes before the Senate for a vote next week.

Rep. Raul Ruiz, a Palm Desert Democrat, is undecided.

If the United States does use military force, history suggests support would increase as what’s known as a “rally effect.”

Support is already greater than it was in May, when a Gallup poll found 68 percent of Americans opposed military intervention as an “attempt to end the conflict” should “all economic and diplomatic efforts fail to end the civil war in Syria.”

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