Polls Show Overwhelming US Opposition to Syria War

Public Opinion Looms Large in War Votes

President Obama is 100% sold on the idea of attacking Syria, and he’ll eagerly tell you so. Sens. John McCain (R – AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R – SC) are too, something they’ll tell you about virtually any country at any given time.

But while the president can count on old-guard hawks to vote yes before they even hear what country they’re voting to lob missiles at, the American public is nowhere near so easy to trick, and despite top officials repeatedly advocating the war in public addresses, the polls continue to show broad, bipartisan opposition among Americans for the conflict.

Nationwide, the administration can’t even crack the 30% mark on selling the war to the public, even with television news networks shamelessly reiterating administration lies about unquestionable “proof” of Assad’s guilt and Secretary of State John Kerry loudly and repeatedly comparing Assad to Adolf Hitler.

While a lame duck president clearly doesn’t care how much the public opposes his wars, such stark opposition looms very large in the Congressional debates, particularly in the House of Representatives, where everyone faces a reelection battle next year and many would prefer not to be caught voting contrary to his constituency’s wishes on such a high profile issue, so close to the campaign season.

While the administration continues to insist they’re confident Congress will back them, the reality is that several days of all-Syria, all-the-time rhetoric has barely budged public opinion, and that remains impossible to ignore.
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Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.