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Mon Sep 16, 2013, 06:40 PM

Pew poll: Public Backs Diplomatic Approach in Syria, But Distrusts Syria and Russia



By a 67% to 23% margin, the public approves of Barack Obama’s decision to delay military airstrikes and pursue a diplomatic effort to convince Syria to give up its chemical weapons. However, just 26% think Syria will give up control of its chemical weapons, while 57% think it will not.

More generally, the public has little trust in Syria. Just 8% say the United States can trust Syria a great deal or a fair amount, while 63% say Syria cannot be trusted at all and another 22% say it can’t be trusted much. The public is skeptical of Russia as well: just 24% say the United States can trust Russia even a fair amount, down from 33% last year.



Democrats also are more likely than Republican or independents to approve of Obama’s decision to delay military airstrikes to pursue diplomatic efforts to persuade Syria to get rid of its chemical weapons. Still, majorities in all three groups – 80% of Democrats, 56% of Republicans and 65% of independents – approve of this approach.

Democrats are divided over taking military action against Syria if it does not give up control of chemical weapons (43% favor/43% oppose). About half of Republicans and independents (51% each) oppose the use of airstrikes if Syria fails to relinquish control of its chemical weapons; smaller percentages (34% of Republicans, 37% of independents) favor the use of airstrikes under this circumstance. There is somewhat more support for military airstrikes among all three groups if Syria does not give up control of chemical weapons than there was a week ago, when the prospect of a failed diplomatic solution was not raised.



http://www.people-press.org/2013/09/16/public-backs-diplomatic-approach-in-syria-but-distrusts-syria-and-russia/

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Mon Sep 16, 2013, 07:21 PM

1. So Americans favor the delay, but they don't favor holding them to their "promise"?

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Response to Tarheel_Dem (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 16, 2013, 07:40 PM

3. Democrats are split 43-43 on air strikes if Syria doesn't give up its chemical weapons.

Independents and republicans fit the the positions you described.

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Mon Sep 16, 2013, 07:27 PM

2. So, a large chunk of Republicans opposed

 

the air strikes and now oppose the decision to delay them.

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