CNN Poll: American Public Strongly Opposes Obama's Plan to Strike on Syria

Seven in 10 surveyed say a strike wouldn't achieve U.S. goals.

Posted: 09/09/2013 09:14 AM EDT

As President Obama seeks approval from Congress to command a military strike on Syria, a new CNN poll has found that most Americans are not convinced this action will achieve significant goals for the U.S.

Seven in 10 Americans surveyed in a CNN/ORC International poll this past week were against any U.S. involvement in Syria, even though 8 out of 10 believe that President Bashar al-Assad did use chemical weapons to attack his citizens on Aug. 21. 

Despite public opposition, President Obama plans to continue stating his case. Today he plans to conduct interview with six different networks and on Tuesday he will travel to Capitol Hill to address lawmakers hours before he sells his plan to the nation in a primetime address.

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.

The president still has the authority to strike Syria if Congress does not approve, but he has not stated what his actions will be in this case. 

Separately, Assad told PBS’ Charlie Rose on Sunday that his government was not involved in a suspected chemical weapons attack. "We — we're not in the area where... the alleged chemical attack was happened, as is alleged. We're not sure that anything happened," Assad said, while refusing to confirm or deny if his regime had chemical weapons. (Read the full article.)



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