Fifty percent of Americans say they oppose the United States taking military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad, and nearly eight-in-10 believe President Barack Obama should receive congressional approval before using any force, according to a new NBC News poll.
The nation loses a key ally in its consensus building efforts, as Britain's parliament votes against supporting any U.S. strikes in Syria. NBC's Andrea Mitchell reports.
Yet the public is more supportive of military action against the Syrian regime when the scope is limited to using cruise missiles launched from U.S.
naval ships – 50 percent favor that kind of intervention, while 44 percent oppose it.
The two-day poll was conducted as the Obama administration weighs launching strikes against Syria for the alleged use of chemicals weapons in its violent civil war, as well as amid growing demands by U.S. lawmakers that Congress should have a voice in any debate to authorize force.
On Thursday night, the Obama administration briefed congressional leaders in its effort to make the case for military intervention.
Also on Thursday, Britain’s parliament rejected a motion urging an international response to the chemical weapons attacks blamed on the Syrian government.
In this new NBC poll, 50 percent of respondents oppose the United States taking military action in response to Syria’s suspected use of chemical weapons, compared with 42 percent who support it.
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