Obama makes his case for Syrian airstrikes: Is it working?
While Barack Obama has an uphill battle if he wants to win over public support for military airstrikes in Syria, there are signs that opinions may have shifted over the course of the weekend.
Public Largely Opposes Syrian Airstrikes
By a 48% to 29% margin, more Americans oppose than support conducting military airstrikes against Syria. There is also broad concern over the possible consequences of military action in Syria and little optimism it will be effective.
UN approval before using military force lacks widespread global agreement
The UN Security Council failed Wednesday to reach agreement on a British-sponsored resolution authorizing approval of taking action against Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons. A 2011 Pew Research poll found publics in most countries surveyed did not support the principle of obtaining UN approval first.
As U.S. considers Syrian strike, support for NATO has waned
While the U.S. and several of its allies in NATO review options for military action against Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons, such action is reportedly not likely to be under the umbrella of NATO. Support for NATO in member countries has waned.
Even before chemical weapons furor, Assad had little support among publics in the region
Even before Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was accused of using chemical weapons, he was widely unpopular with publics in neighboring countries.
Possible chemical weapons use by Syria has influenced public support for action in past polls
Americans have consistently opposed U.S. involvement in the Syrian conflict, but have offered a somewhat different response when asked how they would respond if there is proof that President Bashar Assad’s forces attacked civilians with chemical weapons.
Egyptians hold Saudi Arabia in high regard
Saudi Arabia has promised financial aid to the military government. Before the current turmoil, , the Egyptian public had an overwhelming positive view of Saudi Arabia.
Egyptian public to U.S. on aid: Thanks, but no thanks
The recent spate of violent military crackdowns on civilians in Egypt has apparently caused the Obama administration to begin reevaluating aid to Cairo. But when it comes to Egyptian public opinion, cutting U.S. assistance may not provide Washington with as much leverage as many think.
Public Says Cut Off Military Aid to Egypt
Nearly twice as many Americans say it is better for the United States to cut off military aid to Egypt to put pressure on the government than say it is better to continue the aid to maintain influence in Egypt.
As Israelis, Palestinians get ready for peace talks, many welcome American role
Many critics have questioned whether Secretary of State John Kerry’s focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is worth the effort, given the region’s rich history of diplomatic disappointment, but Kerry has managed to bring the two sides together this week in Washington for their first talks in several years. Polling finds limited optimism about the prospects […]