December 24th, 2012
06:00 AM ET
10 years ago

CNN Poll: Should U.S. get directly involved in Syrian conflict?

Washington (CNN) - Most Americans are concerned about the bloody civil war raging in Syria, but according to a new national survey a majority of the public opposes direct U.S. involvement in the fighting.

A CNN/ORC International poll released Monday indicates 34% say they're very concerned about the situation in Syria, with 46% saying they're somewhat concerned. Only 18% say they're not worried about the conflict. More than 40,000 people have been killed in the 21 months of fighting between the forces of President Bashar al-Assad and rebels trying to overthrow his regime.

But by a 52%-43% margin, Americans oppose Washington and other countries using military airplanes and missiles to try and establish zones inside Syria where the opposition forces would be safe from attacks by the Syrian government. Fifty-five percent of the public opposes the U.S. and other countries sending weapons and other military supplies to the opposition forces.

And the poll indicates that by a more than two-to-one margin, Americans say no to the U.S. or other countries using ground troops to try and establish safe zones for the rebels.

When it comes to the suggestion of Washington using military airplanes or missiles in the conflict, there appears to be a partisan divide and a gender gap, with Democrats divided, Republicans slightly in favor and independents opposed, and with men divided and women opposed.

The CNN poll was conducted by ORC International December 17-18, with 620 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

Filed under: Polls • Syria
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. kevobx

    Syria gave birth to Israel? The truth sets one free. *John 8:33 They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? *Exodus 13:14 And it shall be when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What is this? that thou shalt shall unto him, By strength of hand the Lord brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage:

    December 24, 2012 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  2. Name lynn

    why should the U.S. the involved with syrian conflict did syrian ask fo U.S. to help them or do the U.S. wants to get involved

    December 24, 2012 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Personally, I think that we should have drones over Syrian skies to record the attacks on civilians and give movements of the Syrian military to the rebels. Air drops of medical supplies and food should be dropped all over the country via stealth bombers.

    December 24, 2012 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  4. kevobx

    When bad happens, where is mankind and his pride? The wicked tongue cannot be tamed by man. Grace and truth is what heals us, he gave us the book of life. Free will brings misery, great sorrow upon the pride of life. Following the money trail, the world has found their treasure. The world gave themselves a free pass to justify evil as good.

    December 24, 2012 07:25 am at 7:25 am |