al-Assad if the U.S. has determined that Damascus has used chemical weapons againstits own citizens, with nearly six in ten opposing such a move. The poll indicates that support rises ten points, to 46%, and opposition drops eightpoints, to 51% if allies such as Great Britain and France participated in missile attacksagainst Syria.As lawmakers mull whether to support a strike against Syria, it’s clear the dividing line is“hawk vs. dove” rather than Democrat vs. Republican.
The ABC News/Washington Post poll indicates no partisan divide, with 54% of Democrats and 55% of Republicans opposed to unilateral U.S. strikes.But that number rises to 66% among independents.
A Pew Research Center poll, which was conducted Thursday through Sunday, alsoindicates little support for any military strike, with 29% in favor of such a move, 48%opposed and nearly one in four unsure.“Three-quarters believe that U.S. airstrikes in Syria are likely to create a backlashagainst the United States and its allies in the region and 61% think it would be likely tolead to a long-term U.S. military commitment there,” says a release by Pew Research.
“Meanwhile, just 33% believe airstrikes are likely to be effective in discouragingthe use of chemical weapons.”Just 32% of those questioned in the Pew poll say that the president has clearlyexplained why the U.S. should launch strikes against Damascus, with nearly half saying Obama hasn’t been clear enough and one in five unsure.
The Pew Research Center poll was conducted August 29-September 1, with 1,000adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey’s overall sampling error is plusor minus 3.7 percentage points. The ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted August 28-September 1, with1,012 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey’s overall sampling error isplus or minus 3.5 percentage points
The tyrant Assad has been using poison gas against Syrian revolutionariesrepeatedly since Spring. The Obama regime knew it; reports were carriedextensively around the world.When the last use killed too many to ignore, Obama was trapped in acontradiction flowing from his “red line” bullshit.