Majority of African-Americans Oppose Military Strike on Syria

Fifty-six percent of Blacks are against U.S. involvement.

Posted: 09/06/2013 09:26 AM EDT

News of President Obama's call for missiles strikes in Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack on Aug. 21 has not sat well with most Americans, Blacks included.

A recent Washington Post-ABC News found that 56 percent of African-Americans oppose the U.S. government's involvement, while 40 percent of Blacks support it. The remaining 4 percent have no opinion. 

Up until this point, the United States has remained mostly neutral in the fight between the Syrian government and protesters who want President Bashar al-Assad out. Millions have been displaced from their homes and thousands killed in the fighting that has gone on for more than a year.

But recent news that 1,429 people were killed in the Syrian chemical weapons attack, including at least 426 children, has caused Obama to change his response.

Fifty-nine percent of Americans overall oppose striking Syria. Thirty-six percent support it. Across racial groups, Hispanics are the least supportive overall, as 63 percent of those surveyed say they are against the strikes. 36 percent support the decision.  

Also, a poll taken by the Pew Research Center asking the same question, yielded similar numbers. Twenty-two percent of Blacks said they favored it, while 53 percent said they were opposed. Twenty-five percent said they were unsure.


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