Majority of Americans oppose Syria intervention
June 7th, 2012
10:23 AM ET

Majority of Americans oppose Syria intervention

Most Americans say that the U.S. does not have a responsibility to do something about the fighting in Syria, although the number calling for U.S. action in that country has grown from 25% in February to 33% now, according to a new national poll.

According to a CNN/ORC International poll released Wednesday, six in ten continue to oppose any American intervention to halt the fighting between government and anti-government forces in Syria.

The belief that Syria is not the responsibility of the U.S. crosses party lines in the survey – 57% of Democrats and 58% of Republicans say the U.S. should take no role.  Gender sometimes plays a role in public opinion of foreign issues, but in this instance, men and women agree, with 61% in each group saying that the U.S. has no responsibility to take any action in Syria.

Read more on the poll on CNN's Political Ticker

Filed under: 2012 Election • Middle East • Syria
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  1. James

    It would be a great mistake for the US to intervene in the Syria conflict, as this is essentially a civil war with it's roots in sectarianism. If the US sent troops to Syria, you would see events similar to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam unfold. The anti-Assad protestors/insurgents would shoot US soldiers in the back after they liberated them from the Bashar al-Assad regime. This is just Arab mentality, it doesn't make sense to non-Arabs: Unfortunately, this is the reality. Let the civil war play itself out without wasting American lives and money.

    June 9, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Reply
  2. magneticink

    Negative waves. Always with the negative waves...

    June 8, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Reply
  3. matt

    With great power comes great responsibility

    June 7, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Reply
  4. EVN

    Since when has it really ever mattered what the "majority" of American people want? And, how much of this reluctance to get involved is based on a widespread hatred/prejudice against Syrians because they are Arabs and/or Muslims?

    Personally, assisinate Assad. Go after him with cruise missles. Maybe you won't kill him the first time, but when enough of his henchmen and those propping up his regime end up in the morgue, things will change quickly. In the meantime the Alawite butchers might think about the dogs and pigs the souls of the wicked will be reincarnated into, according to their beliefs. While I don't believe in any religious fairy tale, if there is any truth to their belief, Syria will soon be overrun by pigs and dogs.

    June 7, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Reply
    • Mark

      The problem is that we still don't have clear-cut, incontrovertible proof that Assad is in fact murdering thousands of his own people. We have videos and photos, sure, but after the Iraq "Weapons of Mass Destruction Oh Yes America They Totally Have Them" War, I would assume and hope that the US would wait for concrete evidence that it's the right thing to do.

      I think we all have to remember that, in the eyes of the Geneva Covnention, these "freedom fighters| are by definition terrorists and we shouldn't be so quick to leap in and support the downfall of an established government – no matter how cruel they are – in favour of a group of plucky rebels.

      June 7, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Reply
  5. Chris

    Granted we are not responsible for what's happening in Syria, but that does not necessarily mean we shouldn't step in. To say, we are not responsible is garbage, the United States has gotten involved in countless conflicts throughout the world regardless of whether or not we should or should not have been there. "With great power, comes great responsibility."

    June 7, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  6. magneticink

    ...well the first thing to do when considering intervening in Syria is to do a testicle check, after that, you might want to ask why should the US acquiesce to Putler & his kleptocrats and the bullies of the Pacific, the Chinese both of which have sabotaged the UN Security Council's attempt to help the civilians in Syria. Putler now wants to include (the #1 supporter of terrorism) Iran in Annan's (I don't have a clue) Peace Plan that will not force out Assad but will only allow the continued slaughter of women and children so that Putler won't lose his biggest arms buyer or his Syrian naval base. Picture the current situation with a nuclear Iran.

    June 7, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Reply
    • Spartan

      Picture America invading Syria on israels behalf. Then picture ww3.

      Then, picture my middle finger.

      June 7, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Reply
  7. ciaopaparazzi

    But a lot don't. The News Media always presents their own sick hypocrisy as reality.

    June 7, 2012 at 10:32 am | Reply
    • But

      But "a lot" isn't a majority. Hypocrite.

      June 7, 2012 at 11:49 am | Reply

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