Americans widely oppose launching missile strikes against the Syrian government for its alleged use of chemical weapons, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll that finds little appetite for military action across the country despite a growing drumbeat in Washington.
Nearly six in 10 oppose missile strikes in light of the U.S. government’s determination that Syria used chemical weapons against its own people. Democrats and Republicans alike oppose strikes by double digit margins, and there is deep opposition among every political and demographic group in the survey. Political independents are among the most clearly opposed, with 66 percent saying they are against military action.
There is less support for striking Syria now than there was last week. As Daniel Larison points out, Pew’s poll also documents that the American people are against this Obama-McCain war. Moreover, Pew finds that most Americans think striking Syria will make America more hated in the region, will lead to a deeper US military commitment in the region … and won’t do any good.
Come on, Congress, read the polls!