That’s the share of Americans who favor U.S. military airstrikes against Syria, according to the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.
That compares with 48 percent who oppose military action against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, and 23 percent who aren’t sure what the U.S. should do, according to the survey conducted Aug. 29-Sept. 1.
Fewer than 3 in 10 Americans support airstrikes against Syria even as a 53 percent majority — including most self-identified Republicans and Democrats — said there’s “clear evidence” the Syrian government used chemical weapons against civilians, according to Pew.
Americans are concerned about the ramifications of military attacks and the potential of a lengthy U.S. military presence in Syria. A 74 percent majority said airstrikes in Syria are likely to “create a backlash” against the U.S. and its allies in the Middle East, while 61 percent said airstrikes would “lead to a long-term military commitment” in Syria, the Pew survey said.
President Barack Obama said yesterday that he wants a “prompt” vote in Congress authorizing military action against Syria. The House’s top two Republicans, Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, said yesterday that they back Obama’s position, as Bloomberg’s Lisa Lerer and Joe Sobczyk reported.
“If lawmakers deny Obama’s request for force in Syria, it would be a historic moment” because Congress “has never outright rejected a president’s request for military force,” Bloomberg’s Michael C. Bender and Roxana Tiron reported.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing yesterday on the issue, with Secretary of State John Kerry testifying that the Assad regime “undeniably” used chemical weapons. Obama has “no intention” to put U.S. troops in Syria, Kerry told the panel.
Senator Robert Menendez, the New Jersey Democrat who leads the committee, said that he supported Obama’s decision to military force “in the face of this horrific crime against humanity,” Bloomberg’s Tiron and Nicole Gaouette reported.