SurveyUSA Poll: What Should the US Do Next in Syria?
Posted at: 09/10/2013 10:45 PM
| Updated at: 09/11/2013 3:37 PM
We're hearing new support, and criticism of the way President Obama is handling the situation in Syria, following the use of chemical weapons there by Bashar al Assad's regime.
In his speech Tuesday, Obama made it clear he wants to solve matters diplomatically rather than with a military strike.
Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, backs that plan, based on her statements on the Senate floor earlier in the day. Baldwin said now is the time to give "an opportunity of a path forward without military involvement in Syria a chance to succeed...we must continue to focus on building a global coalition to support the encouraging developments in the past few days to resolve this crisis without the use of unilateral military engagement in Syria."
Following Obama's speech, Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wisconsin, made it very clear that he still opposes a strike. He released a statement saying "I have moved from 'no' to 'hell no!' The President's foreign policy stance on Syria has been completely incoherent and his comments tonight did not change that. He failed to make the case to the American people that he has a plan - let alone one that will work. Americans are not buying it and neither am I."
But Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minnesota, said "I applaud the President both for bringing the momentous question of war and peace with Syria before the Congress, and for pursuing a diplomatic solution. His speech tonight [Tuesday] gives us reason for cautious optimism that a non-military path can be found."
With such a huge focus on Syria in Washington, how important are the events there to people at home?
Results of a KSTP/SurveyUSA poll out Tuesday night show how closely Minnesotans are following news stories about events in Syria. Here are their responses:
- 37% very
- 43% somewhat
- 13% not very
- 6% not at all
- 1% not sure
(500 adults were polled and the margin of sampling error for this question was +/- 4.5 percent)
Minnesotans were also asked what the United States should do next. Here are their responses:
- 28% take no action
- 32% provide support to other countries' military response, but take no action itself
- 29% carry out air strikes against Syrian military targets
- 4% send ground troops
- 7% not sure
(401 adults were polled and the margin of sampling error for this question was +/- 5 percent)