Following Pew Poll, ABC/WaPo Finds Even Larger Opposition To Syria Action

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September 3, 2013 10:33 a.m.

On the heels of a survey showing nearly half of Americans are opposed to U.S. airstrikes in Syria, another poll released Tuesday found even wider opposition.

The latest ABC News / Washington Post poll showed nearly six in 10 Americans — 59 percent — opposed to U.S. missile strikes in Syria, while just 36 percent said they support such action. There’s larger support for allied action against Syria, but a majority remains opposed. Fifty-one percent said they are against allied missile strikes compared with 46 percent who are in support. Following the British parliament’s vote against military action in Syria, France is the only major European power to support President Barack Obama’s call for a response against the Assad regime.

A whopping 70 percent said they are opposed to providing arms to Syrian rebels, which has reportedly not taken place despite the Obama administration’s previous pledge to do so. A poll in June from Pew Research Center found an identical percentage of Americans opposed to arming the rebels. 

Pew’s latest findings released on Tuesday — shortly before the ABC / WaPo survey — found nearly half of Americans opposed to airstrikes in Syria.

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