Pew: Public Still Opposes Syria Intervention, Expects Dangerous Backlash in the Region

John Glaser, September 03, 2013

Late last month, only 9 percent of Americans supported a U.S. intervention in Syria even if chemical weapons attacks were confirmed, according to a Reuters/IPSOS poll. Just over a week later, after the gauntlet of pro-war 9-3-13-1propaganda from the Obama administration, Congressional leaders, and the media, that number is up to 29 percent, according to Pew. Still a minority, but nowhere near as small.

That is a testament to the power of propaganda and the sway of political partisans. It’s worth noting that the process is still ongoing, as we await the Congress’s vote on the authorization of the use of force.

Up to 74 percent of Americans expect a backlash against the U.S. and its allies if the Obama administration intervenes; 61 percent believe it will lead to a long-term military commitment 9-3-13-2in Syria, despite administration denials on that score; and only 33 percent believe the bombings will actually be effective in discouraging the use of chemical weapons.

Those are extraordinary numbers, especially in the sense that they pretty accurately reflect expert opinion. Earlier today, I wrote that the RAND Corp. published a study concluding that bombings are unlikely to effectively protect civilians and run the risk of instigating a regional war and greater U.S. involvement.




12 Responses to “Pew: Public Still Opposes Syria Intervention, Expects Dangerous Backlash in the Region”

  1. We need to see the Americans polled: "How much do you believe American intelligence claims following the false WMD claims that led America to war in Iraq, false testimony by both recent Administrations (Bush, Cheney, Powell, Rumsfeld, Rice, Feith, et al….Obama's James Clapper), and now Edward Snowden's recent revelations of American spy operations on its own citizens?"
    1 -Entirely
    2 – Somewhat
    3- A little
    4- Not at all
    5- Are you kidding?

  2. War is a racket.

  3. The Military Industrial Complex's original name was the Congressional Military Industrial Complex.

    I wonder why the name change?

  4. A Newsmax poll showed that 82% of the people in the survey were opposed, even if chemical weapons were used. It is probably not a reliable poll, but perhaps more reliable than some of the polls that have been taken.

  5. That is a testament to the power of propaganda and the sway of political partisans. It’s worth noting that the process is still ongoing, as we await the Congress’s vote on the authorization of the use of force.

  6. [...] opposition to a strike on Syria. The American public is against a strike by 48 to 29 percent, according to Pew’s latest poll.  At yesterday’s Senate hearing, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul reported that nobody he saw in [...]

  7. And Newsmax is a conservative site. It looks like more conservatives are becoming more anti-war or is it only because there's a Democrat in the White House?

  8. false testimony about surveillance, benghazi, the irs scandal, fast and furious…and more by Obama and his minions.
    i no longer believe ANYTHING the president says. every major statement that he has made about the irs and surveillance scandals has been proven wrong.

  9. and it looks like pelosi and the congressional black caucus is becoming pro-war or is it only because there is a democrat in the white house?

  10. Hope it will be End of Anglo-American Crimes on Developing World with such a severe backlash never seen before.

  11. But this is just splitting hairs. The underlying reality is that if some past President of the United States had handed over, say, Maine to Canada on a whim – as Nikita Khrushchev handed Crimea over to Ukraine in 1953 – would anyone in the US dispute the results of a referendum reintegrating it back into the Union?

  12. But this is just splitting hairs. The underlying reality is that if some past President of the United States had handed over, say, Maine to Canada on a whim a?? as Nikita Khrushchev handed Crimea over to Ukraine in 1953 a?? would anyone in the US dispute the results of a referendum reintegrating it back into the Union?