It’s not getting better for the White House.
Public opinion against a Syrian strike is only mounting.
The Pew Research Center reports today:
“Over just the past week, the share of Americans who oppose U.S. air strikes in Syria has surged 15 points, from 48 percent to 63 percent, as many who were undecided about the issue have turned against military action. By contrast, the share of Americans who support airstrikes remains virtually unchanged: Just 28 percent favor U.S. military air strikes against Syria in response to reports that its government used chemical weapons.”
The survey of 1,506 adults conducted by Pew and USA Today Sept. 4-8 finds a certain intensity in the opposition:
Forty-five percent of those surveyed through the weekend said they oppose air strikes “very strongly.” That is roughly three-times the percentage (16) that strongly favors air strikes.
Republicans, in particular, have turned against military action: By an “overwhelming” 70-21 percent margin, up from 40 percent opposed a week ago. Two thirds of independents are opposed, up from half last weekend. And most Democrats, 53 percent, oppose military air strikes against Syria — little changed from 48 percent a week ago.