Opposition to military strike mounts in U.S.
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Americans’ opposition to a military strike against Syria has risen quickly. 62% of Americans oppose the U.S. taking military action against Syria in order to reduce Syria’s ability to use chemical weapons, up from 51% last week. Support for military action has fallen from 36% to 28% in the past week.

Gallup politics reported, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plan was met with at least some degree of optimism by 45% of Americans, yet 44% said they are pessimistic about the plan, These results come from a Sept. 11-12, 2013, poll conducted after U.S. President Barack Obama’s Tuesday speech from the White House regarding Syria and after Putin’s proposal on Monday. The plan, which would place Syria’s stockpiles of chemical weapons under international control en route to being destroyed, emerged after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry commented that Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, could avoid U.S. airstrikes by agreeing to give up his chemical weapons

Syria has indicated it is willing to support the plan, with its U.N. ambassador announcing Thursday that it has formally asked to join the Chemical Weapons Convention, a treaty that bans chemical weapons development, production, stockpiling, and use. Assad said Thursday that Syria will submit data on its chemical weapons stockpile a month after signing the convention.

Americans’ opposition to a military strike against Syria has risen quickly. Sixty-two percent of Americans oppose the U.S. taking military action against Syria in order to reduce Syria’s ability to use chemical weapons, up from 51% last week. Support for military action has fallen from 36% to 28% in the past week.

It is not clear if the decline in support is due to increased opposition, even after President Obama’s speech, or if it reflects the perception that diplomatic action may be able to resolve the dispute and avert the need for a military strike, Attention Remains High, but Unchanged, After President’s Speech.

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