(CNN) – Nearly three-quarters of Americans believe the United States does not have a responsibility to do something about the fighting in Syria between government forces and anti-government groups, according to a new national survey.
In a CNN/ORC/International poll released Tuesday, 73% of Americans said the U.S. has no obligation to respond to the ongoing unrest, while 25% agreed with the notion. Two percent had no opinion.
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Those numbers reflect similar poll results last year regarding Libya shortly before the U.S. and allies established a no-fly zone over the country.
According to a Pew Research Center survey last March, 63% said the U.S. has no obligation while 27% of American said the U.S. has a responsibility to do something about the fighting in Libya. Ten percent had no opinion.
U.N. officials estimate 6,000 people have died in Syria since protests seeking political reforms and the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad began nearly a year ago.
On Monday, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights denounced the Syrian government's "ongoing onslaught" against its citizens, and multiple Syrians told CNN they believe the country is bracing for a full blown war.
So far, the Obama administration has recalled the U.S. ambassador to Syria and imposed sanctions, while pushing unsuccessfully for a U.N. Security Council resolution against the Assad regime.
However, it has resisted calls by veteran Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona and some Republican presidential candidates to take a larger role in backing the Syrian opposition movement.
Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, who caucuses with Democrats, also called on the U.S. to take action Sunday.
The CNN poll was conducted by ORC International from February 10-13, with 1,026 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.