Poll: Americans Opposed to Attacking Syria or North Korea

Aversion to War Crosses Party Lines

by Jason Ditz, April 30, 2013

A new New York Times/CBS poll (PDF) was released today showing broad opposition among American voters to the idea of invading either Syria or North Korea, with past data showing that despite the rhetoric, Americans are no more on board with either potential war than they have been.

Rather, the poll showed Americans more focused on domestic concerns, and believing that there was no “responsibility” to attack Syria to settle the ongoing civil war, and no need to attack North Korea at all.

The New York Times, predictably, presented this result as showing “broad isolationism” among Americans, though of course none of the questions focused on Americans having any interests abroad and simply jumped straight to whether the US ought to attack specific places.

So far officials have not addressed the unpopularity of starting such wars, though President Obama has reiterated that military options remain open in Syria. How “open” those options can be with an overwhelming majority of Americans on the other side, however, remains unclear.

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