Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The American public has spoken and it doesn’t want the U.S. government to take any military action against Syria’s regime for allegedly using chemical weapons against civilians, according to a survey.
Results of a CNN-ORC International poll released Monday showed that majority of 1,022 adult Americans or 59 percent oppose the passage by Congress of a resolution authorizing President Barack Obama to launch a limited military strike on Syria to cripple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s capability to use chemical weapons. Those in favor of passing such resolution were 39 percent while 2 percent have no opinion.
Majority or 55 percent of the survey participants, who were asked by telephone and mobile phone from Sept. 6-8, also oppose U.S. military strike even if Congress passes such a resolution. Only 43 percent are in favor of military action sanctioned by Congress.
Even more or 71 percent oppose a military strike if Congress does not pass such resolution while 27 percent are in favor.
Those opposed to getting involved in the three-year-old Syria civil war reasoned that such a strike would not achieve significant goals and will not be in the national interest.
The poll results come as Obama starts a media blitz to shore up public support for his plan to strike military targets in Syria without the use of ground troops in response to alleged gassing of civilians, including more than 400 children, by Assad’s forces on Aug. 21. It also comes a day before his national address and two days ahead of a voting by the Senate of an authorization resolution.
Obama was coming from a meeting with G-20 leaders in Moscow, Russia to get international backing for his plan. U.S. allies, however, are skeptical and divided over joining the U.S. military in the strike against Syria with Russia, Damascus’ staunch ally, and China opposing military intervention.