As President Obama plans airstrikes on Syria to discourage Syrian President Bashar al-Assad using chemical weapons again, the American public expressed doubt about the effectiveness of U.S. military action. A Huffington Post/YouGov poll of 1,000 Americans taken this week shows low support for airstrikes.
- 41% of those surveyed said that the U.S. should not use airstrikes against Syria; while 25% say that it should.
- 65% said that the U.S. military should not sent troops to assist rebels in Syria.
- 38% said that the U.S. does not have a responsibility to prevent Syria from using chemical weapons, while 31% said that it does and another 31% was unsure.
This poll shows how war-weary the American public is having recently ended the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This week on PBS, President Obama suggested that the U.S. take a “limited, tailored approaches” to dealing with Syria to avoid getting into a situation like the U.S. was in previously in the Middle East.