Poll: Majority of Americans Approve of Syria Airstrikes, Want Congressional Approval for Further Action

Lauretta  Brown
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Posted: Apr 10, 2017 12:15 PM
Poll: Majority of Americans Approve of Syria Airstrikes, Want Congressional Approval for Further Action

A CBS News poll released Monday morning found that 57 percent of Americans approve of the U.S. airstrikes against Syria and just 36 percent disapprove.

However, most Americans are wary of further military action in Syria with only 18 percent of those surveyed wanting ground troops in the region and 30 percent supporting only airstrikes but no ground troops.

A solid majority, 69 percent, think that President Trump needs to get congressional authorization for any further military action in Syria, with only 25 percent thinking he can act without it.

There was a consensus amongst those surveyed that the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons was “immoral.” Forty-five percent said it was both immoral and a direct threat to the U.S. and 42 percent said it was immoral but not a direct threat.

“Since the strike,” CBS noted, “Mr. Trump’s overall job approval rating has seen an increase to 43 percent. Slightly fewer now disapprove than did before. Forty-nine percent now disapprove of his performance.”

The poll was conducted “by telephone April 7-9, 2017 among a random sample of 1,006 adults nationwide.”