A CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday showed that "sixty-four percent of Americans said they opposed sending US and other countries’ troops into Syria to establish safe zones for rebels."
This comes as a minority of thirty-two supported sending ground troops into the country."
In parallel, Americans were largely split on whether or not the US should partner with other countries to send military assistance to Syrian rebels. A majority of Forty-nine percent opposed the US and other countries using air power to establish safe zones in Syria, compared to 46% who favored taking that measure.
The poll showed 29% of Americans saying they’re very concerned, and 43% saying they’re somewhat concerned, about the situation in Syria.
Twenty-six percent said the situation in Syria did not concern them.
Last week, President Barack Obama’s chief counterterrorism adviser said that Obama was keeping all options on the table," including the possibility of implementing a no-fly zone.
"I don’t recall the president ever saying that anything was off the table," John Brennan, Obama’s deputy national security adviser, said at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington.
Obama has signed a covert directive authorizing US support for Syrian rebels battling al-Assad’s forces, US officials said two weeks ago. The secret order, referred to as an intelligence "finding," allows for clandestine support by the CIA and other agencies.
The CNN/ORC poll was conducted by telephone between the 7th and 8th August from 1,010 adults. The sampling error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.
Source: CNN, Edited by moqawama.org