Poll: Most Germans oppose Syria military strike

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Posted: Aug 29, 2013 8:47 AM

BERLIN (AP) — A poll finds that a majority of Germans oppose Western military intervention in Syria and don't want their country to provide backing for any U.S.-led strike.

Thursday's poll for ZDF television found that 58 percent oppose intervention following last week's suspected poison gas attacks, with 33 percent in favor and 9 percent undecided.

It says 41 percent believe Germany should support financially or materially U.S.-led military action, with 55 percent opposed. The Forschungsgruppe Wahlen polling group surveyed 1,348 people Monday through Wednesday and gives a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Germans are generally wary of military action and Chancellor Angela Merkel's government is treading carefully ahead of Sept. 22 elections.