The American public is starting to tune in to the debate in Washington about the possibility of the U.S. engaging in air strikes against the Assad regime in Syria (due to the Obama administration’s determination that Assad used chemical weapons on his own people). AEI has a good round-up of recent polling on the issue. Here are a few things that stood out:
Nearly three-quarters (74%) of those surveyed by Pew believe that US action there is likely to create a backlash against the US and its allies. Six in ten believe that action could lead to long-term military involvement. A majority think U.S. airstrikes in Syria are not likely to discourage the use of chemical weapons. Another cause for concern comes from the NBC poll: 27% said US military involvement would improve the situation for civilians there, but 41% said it would not. [Read more…] about Should the U.S. initiate a military strike in Syria?