Although the American people are not fully engaged in the conflict and happenings of Syria, there is widespread opposition to U.S. intervention in the ongoing civil war that has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people.
A new Fox News poll finds that only 23 percent of registered voters feel that the U.S. should get more involved because it’s a humanitarian crisis and Syria is a strategically important country. However, nearly three times as many, 68 percent, say the U.S. should not intervene because it’s a civil war and that the U.S. could actually end up helping anti-American extremist groups.
Syria is a rare instance of agreement across the political spectrum: majorities of independents (65 percent), Democrats (69 percent) and Republicans (70 percent) agree the United States should stay out of Syria.
Veteran voters who have served in the military also say the U.S. should not intervene (67 percent).
Overall, 37 percent of voters approve of the job President Obama is doing handling Syria, while 40 percent disapprove. Another 22 percent have no opinion.
The Fox News poll is based on landline and cell phone interviews with 1,013 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide and was conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) from May 18 to May 20. The full poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.