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      Syria  

    See also: President Obama's job ratings on Syria, foreign policy
 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Sept. 19-23, 2013. N=1,014 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

             

"Do you think the United States has a responsibility to do something about the fighting in Syria between government forces and anti-government groups, or doesn't the United States have this responsibility?"

 
    Has a
responsibility
Does not
have this
responsibility
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

9/19-23/13

26 68 5

 

 

 

9/6-8/13

28 65 7

 

 

 

5/31 - 6/4/13

28 61 10

 

 

 

4/24-28/13

24 62 14

 

 

 

3/20-24/13

20 69 11

 

 

 

12/12-16/12

27 62 11

 

 

             

"U.S. and Russian officials recently reached an agreement that would involve the government of Syria turning over all of its chemical weapons to international weapons inspectors. Do you favor or oppose this plan?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

9/19-23/13

82 15 3

 

 

             

"How likely do you think it is that the Syrian government will turn over all of its chemical weapons to international weapons inspectors: very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not at all likely?"

 
    Very
likely
Somewhat
likely
Not very
likely
Not at all
likely
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

9/19-23/13

8 25 35 31 1
             

"What should the U.S. do regarding the situation in Syria? The U.S. should launch airstrikes against Syria regardless of whether it turns over its chemical weapons. The U.S. should only launch airstrikes against Syria if it does not turn over its chemical weapons. OR, The U.S. should not launch airstrikes against Syria at all."

 
    Airstrikes
regardless
Airstrikes if
does not turn
over weapons
Should not
launch
airstrikes
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

9/19-23/13

5 34 57 4

 

             

"Do you think the Obama Administration has clearly explained what the U.S.'s goals are in Syria, or haven't they done that yet?"

 
    Clearly
explained
Have not Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

9/19-23/13

28 64 8

 

 

 

9/6-8/13

14 79 8

 

 

             

"Do you think the killing of civilians by chemical and biological weapons requires a stronger response from the international community than the killing of civilians by conventional weapons, or should the international community respond to all civilian killings the same?"

 
    Requires
a stronger
response
Respond to
all killings
the same
No response
at all (vol.)
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

9/19-23/13

25 68 3 5

 


 

Gallup Poll. Sept. 15-16, 2013. N=1,010 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 4.

             

"For each of the following countries, please say whether you consider it an ally of the United States, friendly, but not an ally, unfriendly, or an enemy of the United States. How about Syria?"

 
    An ally Friendly, but
not an ally
Unfriendly An enemy Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/15-16/13

4 7 42 39 9
 

4/22-23/03

4 19 36 31 9
 

5/18-21/00

5 28 34 11 22
             

"Next, we'd like to get your overall opinion of some people in the news. As I read each name, please say if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of these people -- or if you have never heard of them. How about Syrian president Bashar al-Assad?"

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Never
heard of
No opinion  
    % % % %  
 

9/15-16/13

5 68 16 11

 

             

"How closely have you followed the news about negotiations between the U.S., Russia, and other countries to develop a diplomatic proposal to end the use of chemical weapons in Syria: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?"

 
    Very
closely
Somewhat
closely
Not too
closely
Not
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/15-16/13

25 37 22 14 2
             

"Based on what you know or have read, do you approve or disapprove of the plan proposed by Russia to work with the U.S. and other countries to dismantle and remove all chemical weapons in Syria?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/15-16/13

72 18 10

 

 

             

"Do you think Russian President Putin's involvement in resolving the problem of chemical weapons in Syria is more helpful to U.S. interests or more harmful to U.S. interests?" Options rotated

 
    More
helpful
More
harmful
No
difference
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/15-16/13

51 36 1 12

 


 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Sept. 12-15, 2013. N=1,004 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 4.

             

"Who do you trust to do a better job handling the situation in Syria: Obama or the Republicans in Congress?" Options rotated

 
    Obama Republicans
in Congress
Both
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/12-15/13

42 34 2 14 7
             

"The United States says it has determined that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons in the civil war there. Given this, do you support or oppose the United States launching missile strikes against the Syrian government?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/12-15/13

30 61 10

 

 

 

9/4-8/13

30 64 6

 

 

 

8/28 - 9/1/13

36 59 5

 

 

             

"Do you think America's vital interests are at stake in the situation involving Syria, or not?"

 
    Are at
stake
Are not
at stake
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/12-15/13

45 48 8

 

 

             

"As an alternative to missile strikes, Russia has proposed a plan to have Syria place all of its chemical weapons under control of the United Nations, which would then destroy them. Do you support or oppose this plan?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/12-15/13

79 16 4

 

 

             

"How confident are you that Syria would in fact give up all of its chemical weapons under this plan: very confident, somewhat confident, not so confident or not confident at all?"

 
    Very
confident
Somewhat
confident
Not so
confident
Not confident
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/12-15/13

4 26 34 34 2
             

"Do you think the threat of U.S. missile strikes has helped the situation by pressuring Syria to give up its chemical weapons, or hurt the situation by increasing international tensions?" Options rotated

 
    Helped Hurt No effect
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/12-15/13

47 40 3 10

 

             

"As far as you've heard or read, in his address to the nation Tuesday night, how well did Obama make his case for taking action against the Syrian government? Would you say he was very persuasive, somewhat persuasive, somewhat unpersuasive or very unpersuasive?"

 
    Very
persuasive
Somewhat
persuasive
Somewhat
unpersuasive
Very
unpersuasive
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/12-15/13

15 31 17 15 21
             

"If the diplomatic efforts to take control of Syria's chemical weapons do not work, do you think Congress should or should not approve the use of military force against Syria?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/12-15/13

44 48 8

 

 

             

"Overall, do you think Obama's handling of the situation with Syria has strengthened U.S. leadership in the world, weakened it, or has it not made much difference to U.S. leadership?"

 
    Strengthened Weakened Not much
difference
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/12-15/13

17 32 46 4

 


 

Pew Research Center. Sept. 12-15, 2013. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.7.

             

"As I read a list of some stories covered by news organizations this past week, please tell me if you happened to follow each news story very closely, fairly closely, not too closely, or not at all closely. ... Possible U.S. airstrikes in Syria and diplomatic efforts to have Syria give up control of its chemical weapons."

 
    Very
closely
Fairly
closely
Not too
closely
Not at
all closely
 
    % % % %  
 

9/12-15/13

45 31 12 11

 

             

"Generally speaking, how much do you think the United States can trust Russia: a great deal, a fair amount, not too much, or not at all?"

 
    A great
deal
A fair
amount
Not
too much
Not
at all
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

9/12-15/13

4 20 33 35 8
 

4/30 - 5/13/12

4 29 37 23 7
             

"Generally speaking, how much do you think the United States can trust Syria: a great deal, a fair amount, not too much, or not at all?"

 
    A great
deal
A fair
amount
Not
too much
Not
at all
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

9/12-15/13

2 6 22 63 6
             

"Thinking about Syria: As you may know, Barack Obama has said he will delay a decision on military airstrikes to see if Syria can be convinced to give up control of its chemical weapons through diplomatic efforts. Do you approve or disapprove of this new approach?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

9/12-15/13

67 23 10

 

 

             

"If Syria does not give up control of its chemical weapons, would you favor or oppose the U.S. conducting military airstrikes against Syria in response to reports that the Syrian government used chemical weapons?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

9/12-15/13

37 49 14

 

 

             

"From what you've seen and heard so far, do you think Syria will or will not give up control of its chemical weapons in response to diplomatic efforts?"

 
    Will Will not Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

9/12-15/13

26 57 17

 

 

             

"All in all, which comes closer to your view of how Barack Obama has handled the situation with Syria? He's shown leadership and a willingness to adapt to changing circumstances. OR, He's shown weakness and inconsistency in his approach to the situation."

 
    Leadership Weakness Mixed/
Other (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

9/12-15/13

49 35 8 8

 


 

Gallup Poll. Sept. 11-12, 2013. N=1,038 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 4.

             

"How closely have you followed the news about the civil war in Syria: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?"

 
    Very
closely
Somewhat
closely
Not too
closely
Not at all Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/11-12/13

31 39 19 11 1
 

9/3-4/13

31 40 17 12 1
 

6/15-16/13

13 35 26 25 1
 

5/28-29/13

15 34 24 27 1
             

"Would you favor or oppose the U.S. taking military action against Syria in order to reduce that country's ability to use chemical weapons?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/11-12/13

28 62 11

 

 

 

9/3-4/13

36 51 13

 

 

             

"As you may know, Russia has proposed a plan that an international team take over and destroy Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons. Are you optimistic or pessimistic that this plan will succeed?"

 
    Optimistic Pessimistic Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/11-12/13

45 44 12

 

 


 

CNN/ORC Poll. Sept. 10, 2013. N=361 adults nationwide who watched the presidential speech. Margin of error ± 5. Per CNN: Survey respondents were first interviewed as part of a random national sample on Sept. 6-9, 2013. In those interviews, respondents indicated they planned to watch tonight's speech and were willing to be re-interviewed after the speech. Some questions were asked of each respondent both in the pre-speech questionnaire on Sept. 6-9 and on tonight's questionnaire. Where applicable, results for tonight's respondents from both the pre-speech survey and the post-speech survey are reported. 20% of the respondents who participated in tonight's survey identified themselves as Republicans, 37% identified themselves as Democrats, and 43% identified themselves as independents.

 

"What was your overall reaction to President Obama's speech tonight: very positive, somewhat positive, somewhat negative or very negative?"

 
    Very
positive
Somewhat
positive
Somewhat
negative
Very
negative
Mixed (vol.)/
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/10/13

35 34 22 8 2
             

"In general, do you favor or oppose the approach to Syria that Barack Obama described in his speech tonight?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/10/13

61 37 2

 

 

             

"In his speech tonight, do you think that Barack Obama has or has not made a convincing case about the need for the U.S. to take military action against Syria?"

 
    Has Has not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/10/13

47 50 3

 

 

             

"Just your best guess -- how likely is it that the current situation in Syria will be resolved through diplomatic efforts without the use of military force? Do you think that is very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely or not likely at all?"

 
    Very
likely
Somewhat
likely
Not very
likely
Not likely
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/10/13

12 53 24 11 1
             

"As a result of tonight's speech, do you have more confidence in Barack Obama's leadership on military and international issues, less confidence, or has your confidence in his leadership on those issues not changed much?"

 
    More
confidence
Less
confidence
Not changed
much
   
    % % %    
 

9/10/13

32 16 52

 

 

             

"If the U.S. does launch airstrikes against Syria, do you think that attack would or would not achieve significant goals for the United States?"

 
    Would Would not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/10/13

36 58 6

 

 

 

9/6-9/13

30 66 5

 

 

             

"Do you think it is in the national interest of the United States to be involved in the conflict in Syria, or not?"

 
    In the
national
interest
Not in the
national
interest
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/10/13

39 60 2

 

 

 

9/6-9/13

30 65 5

 

 


 

McClatchy-Marist Poll. Sept. 7-8, 2013. N=963 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.2.

             

"Do you favor or oppose limited U.S. airstrikes on military targets in Syria in response to the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/7-8/13

32 58 11

 

 

             

"Do you favor or oppose the use of U.S. ground troops in response to the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/7-8/13

13 80 7

 

 

             

"Do you think Syria's use of chemical weapons is a significant threat or not a significant threat to the security of the U.S or its interests in the region?"

 
    Significant Not
significant
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/7-8/13

53 39 8

 

 

             

"Do you think President Obama's request for congressional approval for a U.S. military response to Syria's use of chemical weapons makes the president look strong or makes the president look weak?"

 
    Strong Weak Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/7-8/13

52 33 15

 

 

             

"Should Congress support or oppose President Obama's request for a U.S. military response to Syria's use of chemical weapons on its citizens?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/7-8/13

38 53 8

 

 


 

AP Poll conducted by GfK Public Affairs & Corporate Communications. Sept. 6-8, 2013. N=1,007 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.7.

             

"As you may know, Barack Obama has asked Congress to vote to support a U.S. military strike in Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack there on August 21. Do you think Congress should vote in favor of a military strike or should Congress vote against a military strike?"

 
    In favor Against Unsure Refused  
    % % % %  
 

9/6-8/13

26 61 10 3

 

             

"How likely do you think it is that any U.S. military involvement in Syria would become a long-term commitment of forces: extremely likely, very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely or not at all likely?"

 
    Extremely
likely
Very
likely
Somewhat
likely
Not too
likely
Not at
all likely
    % % % % %
 

9/6-8/13

26 27 26 9 7
             

"Would you favor, oppose or neither favor nor oppose the U.S. sending ground troops into Syria?"

 
    Favor Oppose Neither Unsure Refused
    % % % % %
 

9/6-8/13

11 75 10 3 2
             

"How likely do you think it is that a U.S. military strike in Syria would deter other world leaders from acquiring and using chemical weapons: extremely likely, very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely or not at all likely?"

 
    Extremely
likely
Very
likely
Somewhat
likely
Not too
likely
Not at
all likely
    % % % % %
 

9/6-8/13

10 11 30 20 23

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Sept. 6-8, 2013. N=1,011 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

             

"How much have you heard or read about reports that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against Syrian civilians: a lot, some, or not much?"

 
    A lot Some Not much Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/6-8/13

57 26 15 2

 

             

"In response to the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons, do you favor or oppose the United States launching military airstrikes against Syrian military targets?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

30 61 9

 

 

 

Republicans

28 65 7

 

 

 

Democrats

41 50 9

 

 

 

Independents

23 67 10

 

 

             

"How concerned are you that U.S. military action in Syria would be a long and costly involvement: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned or not at all concerned?"

 
    Very
concerned
Somewhat
concerned
Not too
concerned
Not at all
concerned
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/6-8/13

66 21 7 4 2

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Sept. 6-8, 2013. N=1,022 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

             

"Now here are a few questions on Syria. After reports that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons to kill civilians in that country, Congress is considering a resolution to authorize limited U.S. military action in Syria. The resolution only authorizes military action for 60 to 90 days and it bars the use of U.S. troops in a combat role in Syria. Do you think Congress should or should not pass this resolution?"

 
    Should
pass
Should not
pass
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/6-8/13

39 59 2

 

 

             

"Would you favor or oppose U.S. airstrikes against military targets in Syria if Congress passes that resolution?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/6-8/13

43 55 2

 

 

             

"And would you favor or oppose U.S. airstrikes against military targets in Syria if Congress does NOT pass that resolution?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/6-8/13

27 71 1

 

 

             

"If the U.S. does launch airstrikes against Syria, do you think that attack would or would not achieve significant goals for the United States?"

 
    Would Would not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/6-8/13

26 72 2

 

 

             

"Which of the following statements best describes your view of whether the Syrian government has chemical weapons and has used them to kill civilians in that country. Would you say you are certain that this is true, you think it is likely that this is true but you are not certain, you think it is unlikely that this is true but you are not certain, or you are certain that this is not true?"

 
    Certain
it's true
Likely it's
true, but
not certain
Unlikely it's
true, but
not certain
Certain it's
not true
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/6-8/13

28 54 13 3 1
 

5/17-18/13

16 67 10 3 3
             

"Do you think it is in the national interest of the United States to be involved in the conflict in Syria, or not?"

 
    In the
national
interest
Not in the
national
interest
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/6-8/13

29 69 2

 

 

             

"In the conflict in Syria, do you think that the United States should take the side of the Syrian government, or take the side of the Syrian rebels, or not take either side?"

 
    Side of the
government
Side of
the rebels
Neither
side
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/6-8/13

2 11 85 2

 


 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). Sept. 6-8, 2013. N=900 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

             

"Which of the following positions on Syria is closer to your own? The U.S. should be more involved in Syria because there's a humanitarian crisis there and because it is a strategically important country. The U.S. should NOT do more in Syria because it's a civil war that’s a no-win situation for the U.S., and we could actually end up helping anti-American extremist groups."

 
    Should
be more
involved
Should not
do more
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/6-8/13

26 68 6

 

 

 

5/18-20/13

23 68 9

 

 

             

"As you may know, over 100,000 people have died in a civil war in Syria in the past two years. The U.S. government believes the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its own people to try to end the rebellion. For each of the following items, please tell me if you favor or oppose the action.

"Do you favor or oppose using U.S. military force to punish Syria for using chemical weapons?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/6-8/13

36 61 4

 

 

             

"Do you favor or oppose using U.S. military force to degrade Syria's capacity to use chemical weapons in the future?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/6-8/13

42 52 6

 

 

             

"Do you favor or oppose using U.S. military force against Syria to send a message to Iran and other countries about using chemical weapons?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/6-8/13

36 61 3

 

 

             

"Do you favor or oppose using U.S. military force against the Syrian government to help the anti-government forces in the civil war?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/6-8/13

27 67 6

 

 

             

"Do you believe the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its own citizens?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/6-8/13

66 16 17

 

 

             

"Do you think the United States has a moral obligation to intervene militarily in another country's civil war when more than 100,000 people are killed?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/6-8/13

33 59 8

 

 

             

"Do you think the United States has a moral obligation to intervene militarily in another country's civil war when chemical weapons are used?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/6-8/13

39 56 5

 

 

             

"Has President Obama adequately explained for you the reasons U.S. military action against Syria is necessary, or not?"

 
    He has He has not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/6-8/13

36 57 7

 

 

             

"Do you believe President Obama has clearly identified what the U.S. goals and objectives would be in taking military action against Syria, or not?"

 
    He has He has not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/6-8/13

27 67 6

 

 

             

"Do you think U.S. national security interests are at stake in the Syria situation?"

 
    Yes No Maybe
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/6-8/13

48 43 5 4

 

             

"In general, do you think President Obama should -- or should not -- get the consent of Congress before authorizing U.S. military action?"

 
    Should Should not Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/6-8/13

78 18 3 1

 


 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Sept. 5-8, 2013. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.1.

             

"As you may know, it has been reported that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons on its citizens. President Obama has decided to seek Congressional approval for military action against Syria in response to their use of chemical weapons. Do you think your member of Congress should vote to approve the use of military action against Syria or not?"

 
    Should
vote to
approve
Should not
vote to
approve
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/5-8/13

33 58 9

 

 

             

"Now, more specifically, if U.S. military action in Syria were limited to airstrikes using cruise missiles launched from U.S. naval ships that were meant to destroy military units and infrastructure that have been used to carry out chemical attacks would you support or oppose this U.S. military action in Syria?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/5-8/13

44 51 5

 

 

 

8/29/13

50 44 6

 

 

             

"Do you think that Barack Obama has or has not made a convincing case about the need for the U.S. to take military action against Syria?"

 
    Has Has not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/5-8/13

33 54 13

 

 

             

"Now, if Congress does NOT approve of U.S. military action but the President, in his role as commander-in-chief, made the decision to authorize action in Syria limited to airstrikes using cruise missiles would you support or oppose this decision?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/5-8/13

36 59 5

 

 

             

"Is taking military action against the Syrian government in our national interest or not? If you do not know enough about this to have an opinion, please just say so and we will move on."

 
    In our
national
interest
Not in our
national
interest
Don't know
enough
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/5-8/13

24 47 28 1

 

 

8/28-29/13

21 33 45 1

 


 

United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Sept. 5-8, 2013. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.6.

             

"As you may know the Obama Administration has concluded that the government of Syria used chemical weapons, including nerve gas, to kill over 1,400 civilians last month. Which of the following best describes what you think the U.S. should do in response? Do nothing and stay out of the Syrian civil war. Launch a LIMITED military strike, using only air power, to punish the Syrian government for using chemical weapons. Launch a MORE SUSTAINED military strike, using only air power, to help rebels overthrow the Syrian government. Launch a FULL-SCALE military strike, including both air power and U.S. ground troops, to help rebels overthrow the Syrian government."

 
    Do nothing
and stay out
Limited
airstrike
More
sustained
airstrike
Air power
and ground
troops
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

9/5-8/13

55 21 6 6 12
             

"Do you think the United States has an obligation to punish governments that use chemical weapons and other weapons of mass destruction to kill civilians, or not?"

 
    Has an
obligation
Does not Depends
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

9/5-8/13

38 48 9 5

 

             

"President Obama has asked Congress for authorization to conduct a limited military strike on the Syrian government to punish it for using chemical weapons. Would you prefer that your member of Congress votes to approve this request, or votes to deny this request?"

 
    Approve Deny Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

9/5-8/13

37 52 11

 

 


 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Sept. 4-8, 2013. N=1,020 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.5.

             

"The United States says it has determined that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons in the civil war there. Given this, do you support or oppose the United States launching missile strikes against the Syrian government?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/4-8/13

30 64 6

 

 

 

8/28 - 9/1/13

36 59 5

 

 

             

"Regardless of your opinion on missile strikes, do you approve or disapprove of Barack Obama's decision to ask Congress to authorize U.S. military action against the Syrian government?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/4-8/13

57 39 4

 

 


 

Pew Research Center/USA Today. Sept. 4-8, 2013. N=1,506 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 2.9.

             

"Thinking now about Syria: Would you favor or oppose the U.S. conducting military airstrikes against Syria in response to reports that the Syrian government used chemical weapons?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

9/4-8/13

28 63 9

 

 

 

8/29 - 9/1/13

29 48 23

 

 

             

"Do you think Barack Obama has explained clearly why the U.S. should launch military airstrikes against Syrian military targets or has he not explained the reasons clearly enough?"

 
    Has
explained
clearly
Has not
explained
clearly
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

9/4-8/13

35 54 12

 

 

 

8/29 - 9/1/13

32 48 20

 

 

             

"In your view, who should have the final authority for deciding whether the United States should conduct military airstrikes against Syria: Congress or President Obama?" Options rotated

 
    Congress President
Obama
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

9/4-8/13

61 30 2 6

 

             

"As I read some statements about the situation in Syria, please tell me whether you agree or disagree with each. First, [see below]: do you agree or disagree? ... How about [see below]?" Asked Sept. 5-8, 2013, only. N=1,242, margin of error ± 3.2.

 
    Agree Disagree Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 
 

"The U.S. has a moral obligation to stop the violence against civilians"

 

9/5-8/13

54 43 4

 

 

             
 

"The U.S. must act to show that the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable"

 

9/5-8/13

60 36 4

 

 

             
 

"The U.S. will lose credibility around the world if it does not act"

 

9/5-8/13

39 56 5

 

 

             
 

"The situation in Syria is a threat to the security of the U.S"

 

9/5-8/13

45 50 6

 

 

             
 

"U.S. airstrikes in Syria are likely to make things in the Middle East worse"

 

9/5-8/13

75 19 6

 

 

             
 

"There are no good options for the U.S. in how it deals with Syria"

 

9/5-8/13

61 34 4

 

 


 

Gallup Poll. Sept. 3-4, 2013. N=1,021 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 4.

             

"Would you favor or oppose the U.S. taking military action against Syria in order to reduce that country's ability to use chemical weapons?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

36 51 13

 

 

 

Democrats

45 43 12

 

 

 

Independents

34 53 13

 

 

 

Republicans

31 58 11

 

 


 

Pew Research Center. Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2013. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.7.

             

"As I read a list of some stories covered by news organizations this past week, please tell me if you happened to follow each news story very closely, fairly closely, not too closely, or not at all closely. Possible U.S. airstrikes in Syria in response to reports that the Syrian government used chemical weapons."

 
    Very
closely
Fairly
closely
Not too
closely
Not at
all closely
 
    % % % %  
 

8/29 - 9/1/13

39 29 15 16

 

             

"Do you think U.S. airstrikes in Syria are likely to lead to a long-term U.S. military commitment there, or not?"

 
    Are
likely
Are not
likely
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

8/29 - 9/1/13

61 26 13

 

 

             

"Do you think U.S. airstrikes in Syria are likely to create a backlash against the U.S. and its allies in the region, or not?"

 
    Are
likely
Are not
likely
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

8/29 - 9/1/13

74 15 11

 

 

             

"Do you think U.S. airstrikes in Syria are likely to be effective in discouraging the use of chemical weapons, or not?"

 
    Are
likely
Are not
likely
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

8/29 - 9/1/13

33 51 16

 

 

             

"Should the U.S. first get a United Nations resolution to use force before taking military action against Syria, or don't you think the U.S. needs to do this?"

 
    Should first
get a UN
resolution
Doesn't
need to
do this
Should not
use force
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

8/29 - 9/1/13

59 28 2 11

 

             

"From what you've read and heard, do you think there is clear evidence that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against civilians, or not?"

 
    There is
clear
evidence
There is
not clear
evidence
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

8/29 - 9/1/13

53 23 24

 

 


 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Aug. 28-Sept. 1, 2013. N=1,012 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.5.

             

"The United States says it has determined that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons in the civil war there. Given this, do you support or oppose the United States launching missile strikes against the Syrian government?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/28 - 9/1/13

36 59 5

 

 

             

"What if other countries such as Great Britain and France participated? In that case do you support or oppose the United States and its allies launching missile strikes against the Syrian government?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/28 - 9/1/13

46 51 3

 

 

             

"Do you support or oppose the United States and its allies supplying weapons to the Syrian rebels?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/28 - 9/1/13

27 70 4

 

 


 

NBC News Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Aug. 28-29, 2013. N=700 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.7.

             

"Syrian civilians have been killed by their government in response to protests and civil unrest. The U.S. is taking diplomatic and economic measures to try to stop the Syrian government from taking military action against its citizens. Which ONE statement best describes what you think? The U.S. should take military action to help stop the killing of civilians. The U.S. should provide weapons to the forces inside Syria opposing the government. The U.S. should provide only humanitarian assistance to the civilians injured or forced from their homes. OR, The U.S. should take none of these additional actions."

 
    Take
military
action
Provide
weapons to
opposition
Provide
humanitarian
assistance
Take none
of these
actions
Other/
Mixed (vol.)/
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

8/28-29/13

26 6 40 23 5
 

5/30 - 6/2/13

15 11 42 24 8
 

2/29 - 3/3/12

13 11 48 25 3
             

"Have you seen, read, or heard the news coverage about reports of the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government?" If yes: "And, have you seen, read, or heard a lot or just some about this?"

 
    Yes:
A lot
Yes:
Just some
No Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

8/28-29/13

35 44 20 1

 

             

"It has been reported that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons on its citizens. Do you think the United States should take military action against the Syrian government in response to the use of chemical weapons or not?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/28-29/13

42 50 8

 

 

             

"Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The use of chemical weapons by any country is a 'red line' -- that is, an action that would require a significant U.S. response, including the possibility of military action."

 
    Agree Disagree Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

8/28-29/13

58 35 3 4

 

             

"Do you feel that the use of U.S. military force against the Syrian government will improve the situation for civilians in Syria or not? If you don’t know enough to say either way please just say so."

 
    Will improve
the situation
Will not
improve
the situation
Don't know
enough
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

8/28-29/13

27 41 31 1

 

             

"Do you think that President Obama should or should not be required to receive approval from Congress before taking military action in Syria?"

 
    Should Should not Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

8/28-29/13

79 16 1 4

 

             

"If the United States takes military action in Syria, which one of the following should be the most important objective of United States military action in Syria? Stopping the use of chemical weapons. Removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power. Stopping the fighting between government and rebel forces."

 
    Stopping use
of chemical
weapons
Removing
President
Assad
Stopping
the fighting
Other
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

8/28-29/13

56 16 15 8 5

Syria continued


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