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.
Another casualty of war in Syria—citizen journalists
Professional journalists have long faced the risks of working in harm’s way, but now conflicts like the one in Syria are claiming the lives of a new part of the media — citizen journalists.
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.
Decades after war’s end, some of Japan’s neighbors still see need for atonement
On the 68th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II, publics in some countries in Asia — notably South Korea and China — believe that Japan still has not sufficiently apologized for its actions during the conflict.
Big gender gap in global public opinion about use of drones
A global Pew Research Center survey finds a large gender gap in attitudes about U.S. government use of drones to target terrorists.
Japan elections come amid shifting attitudes on country’s military posture
Elections in Japan on July 21 to choose half of the members of the the upper house of Japan’s Diet may be a referendum on changing constitutional limits on the country’s military posture.