January 11, 2013

Majority Says No U.S. Responsibility to Act in Syria

63%

In December, more than six-in-ten Americans continued to say the U.S. does not have a responsibility to do something about fighting in Syria.

Despite continued fighting in Syria between government forces and anti-government groups, Americans in December continued to say that the U.S. does not have a responsibility to do something about the fighting there. There also continued to be substantial opposition to sending arms to anti-government forces in Syria.

In December, only about quarter of Americans (27%) said the U.S. has a responsibility to do something about the fighting in Syria; more than twice as many (63%) said it does not. These views were virtually unchanged from March.

Similarly, just 24% favored the U.S. and its allies sending arms and military supplies to anti-government groups in Syria, while 65% were opposed. These opinions also were little changed from March.

Comparable majorities of Republicans (66%), Democrats (61%) and independents (65%) said the U.S. does not have a responsibility to do something about the fighting in Syria, and all partisan groups also opposed arming anti-government groups.

Those who had heard a lot about the situation in Syria offered modestly more support for U.S. involvement than those who had heard less (35% vs. 22%), but still, on balance, said the U.S. does not have a responsibility to get involved. Read more