The Syrian Crisis
Although they have doubts it will work, Americans overwhelmingly favor the deal reachedbetween the U.S. and Russia for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons.
U.S. – Russia Agreement to Deal with Syria’s Weapons
Favor82%Oppose15On this, Democrats and Republicans agree.But Americans remain skeptical that Syria will comply: two-thirds think it is unlikely that Syria willactually turn over all its chemical weapons to inspectors.
Do You Think Syria Will Turn Over All Chemical Weapons?
Very likely 8%Somewhat likely25Not very likely35Not at all likely31 Americans still would not support airstrikes against the Syrian government, even if Syria fails tocomply -- an option that the U.S. says remains on the table if the diplomatic solution ultimatelyfails.
Military Air Strikes Against Syria
Use airstrikes regardless 5%Use airstrikes if Syria doesn’t comply34Not use airstrikes at all57 Underlying these views, a large majority continues to believe in principle that the U.S. doesn’thave a responsibility to do something about the fighting in Syria. As was the case earlier thismonth, majorities of Democrats and Republicans don’t view this as a U.S. responsibility, andthere has been little shift in the public’s views about this in recent weeks, or over the longer term.
Does the U.S. Have a Responsibility in Syria?
Now9/6-8/20136/2013 4/201312/2012Yes26%28%28%24%27%No6865616262Most Americans don’t differentiate in how civilians are killed: 68% say the internationalcommunity should respond to all civilian killings the same, while 25% say civilian killings fromchemical and biological weapons warrant a stronger response than killings using conventionalweapons.
The President’s Handling of Syria
Most Americans continue to say the Obama administration has not clearly explained their goalsin Syria, though the percentage who says it has done so has risen in recent weeks.