Polls: Little Support For Military Strikes In Syria

Source: Catalina Camia / USA Today

WASHINGTON — Two new polls show President Obama faces a daunting task in getting the public to support his call for military strikes against Syria, even as key Republicans on Tuesday voiced their support.

Nearly 6 in 10 Americans are opposed to using military action as a response to the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons in the nation’s bloody civil war, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Tuesday. A Pew Research Center poll, also released Tuesday afternoon, found that 48% of adults are against military strikes while only 29% say they are in favor.

Obama said Saturday he was ready to use military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime but that he wanted to hear from Congress on the issue. Key Republicans and Democrats for several days have said the proposed resolution is too broad, and have set out to rewrite the legislation to ensure that such military action will not be open ended and include boots on the ground.

Both polls included responses gathered prior to Obama’s Rose Garden statement on Saturday.

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