WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama has failed so far to convince most Americans that the United States should launch a limited military strike against Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday.
Some 56 percent of those surveyed said the United States should not intervene in Syria, while only 19 percent supported action, the online poll found.
The findings are essentially unchanged from last week and indicated that Obama changed few minds on Saturday when he argued that Washington has the obligation to punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for what the United States says was a sarin gas attack that killed more than 1,400 people, including hundreds of children, near Damascus on Aug. 21.
Obama said on Saturday he had decided the United States should take military action against Syrian government targets but has asked Congress to approve the action in an acknowledgement that many Americans have little appetite for further military operations after more than a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The poll showed that respondents were more likely to support a strike if they were specifically asked about the chemical-weapons attack. Even then, only 29 percent said the United States should intervene, while 48 percent opposed action.
Similarly, only 29 percent support the Obama Administration's decision to arm anti-government rebels in Syria, while 49 percent oppose that move.
The online poll of 1,195 adult Americans was conducted between Aug. 30 and Sept. 3. It has a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.