CNN Poll: Most Americans see no U.S. obligation in Syria
February 14th, 2012
07:00 PM ET
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CNN Poll: Most Americans see no U.S. obligation in Syria

(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.

See full results (pdf)

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.

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Filed under: CNN/ORC International poll • Syria
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. scraigs

    Enough is enough. The US has been involved in Iraq, Afganistan, Libya, and now, possibly involvement in Iran and Syria! What are our leaders thinking? Where are the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Oman – to name a few – in all of this? Why aren't THEY leading the charge reacting to their neighbor(s) – as opposed to merely offering to hold our coat while we do all the work expending all the money while nearly bankrupting our country, and wasting numerous precious lives along the way. Enough!

    February 14, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |

    Only 25% wanted to intercede in Libya's affairs, and yet Obama and Congress chose to defy the American populace, and wade into Libya under the presumption of a peace-keeping mission. What is to halt these warmongers from doing the same again with Syria? If it were not for the election season upcoming, I doubt starkly that our country would not have begun already by now to wage war over there. This government is out of control.

    February 14, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  3. rightospeak

    Our own country is in a crisis and little is being done.Slave labor products continue to pour in killing more American jobs, we have open borders, phoney "War On Drugs" and phoney "War On Terror" People responsible for the mess are not being tried for TREASON or jailed for stealing people's money. Shoplifters go to jail , but banksters are above the law. In a nutshell – FORGET SYRIA -GET THE U.S. FIXED or there will be bloodshed here.

    February 14, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  4. McKraken

    Americans (one of which I happen to be, and embarrassed to be at this point in history) . Results typical of self-interested, callous, and stupid citizens of the US. Clearly a nation in decline. Vote republican and we can ease into isolationism, stagnation, and eventually glorious third-world status. Lets de-fund science and education, teach creationism, allow the wealth gap to become the largest in the developed world, let citizens die for lack of universal health care (oh yeah, they deserve it!), elect our officials based on how low they bend to orally worship their god, deregulate corporations even more... Oh yeah baby! 'Merica!

    February 14, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  5. hardball

    This is another damned if we do, damned if we don't situation. It's none of our business and we shouldn't be in the area at all. Look at Iraq, over a trillion dollars thousands of our men's lives lost many thousands more injured. For what? so china can get oil? So Multinationals with big campaign donations can make money by moving our jobs to China? Why are we putting our men at risk protecting the strait of hormuz, most of that oil is going to China, none to us? Yes I know that Oil is a commodity and the oil speculators will rake in the money while the rest of the world pays the price, but oil is sold months ahead of time and the refinery will jack up the price even though the oil was bought months ago at a lower price. Here's an idea, let china’s oil get blocked by Iran. Cut a deal with Russia that if they supply Oil to us we will withdraw from NATO( I bet Putin would go for that). Wait until the price of oil peaks then release Oil from our strategic reserves and make HUGE profits and pay down our debt. Place large import duties on every container coming from china to reduce their demand, again paying off the debt. Stop giving Pakistan money and sell weapons to India for a reduced price.

    February 14, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
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