There is increased opposition to U.S. airstrikes in Syria, as many undecided Americans have turned against the idea. Obama’s job approval has slipped into negative territory — particularly on foreign policy — and most say Congress should have the final say on Syria.
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.
Public interest in news from Egypt has plummeted since the early weeks of the Arab Spring. And the share of Americans saying what happens in Egypt is “very important” to U.S. interests has fallen from 46% to 36%.
Despite hopes that the political uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa would lead to greater freedoms for the people of the region, a new study finds that restrictions on religion continued to increase in 2011.
About two-thirds (68%) say the U.S. is too overcommitted to get involved in another conflict, and just 27% disagree. The public also has questions about the opposition groups in Syria: 60% say that they may be no better than the current government.
Months of political uncertainty, a weak economy and often violent street protests have resulted in a majority of Egyptians saying they are dissatisfied with the way their new democracy is working.
Despite worries, there is little regional support for military intervention by Western or Arab countries.