Poll: 6 in 10 Americans oppose Syria intervention
POSTED: Monday, September 9, 2013 - 7:48am
UPDATED: Monday, September 9, 2013 - 10:59am
As President Obama presses his case for a strike on Syria, a new national survey shows him swimming against a strong tide of public opinion that doesn't want the U.S. to get involved.
The CNN/ORC International poll released Monday shows 59 percent do not want Congress to pass a resolution authorizing a military strike against the Bashar Alassad regime. That's even though eight in ten americans believe that the regime gassed its own people.
More than seven in ten say such a strike would not achieve significant goals for the U.S.
A similar amount say it's not in the national interest for the U.S. to get involved in Syria's bloody two-year long civil war. The poll comes at the start of a pivotal week for the president. The Senate is expected to take up the resolution after returning from its month-long summer recess Monday.
Mr. Obama has a round of interviews planned with the major broadcast and cable news outlets throughout the day. Tuesday, he will make his case with lawmakers hours before he talks to the nation in a prime-time address.