Poll: Americans Support Limited Action in Syria

Nearly eight in ten people said that President Obama should seek congressional approval before intervening

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A new poll from NBC released Friday shows that Americans are divided over U.S. intervention in Syria in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government. Fifty percent of those polled by NBC said that they oppose military action and 42 percent said they support it. When asked if they favor a limited strike, like the use of cruise missiles fired from U.S. naval ships, 50 percent said they were in favor and 44 said they were against. Nearly eight in ten Americans polled said President Barack Obama should seek congressional approval before taking action. And only 21 percent said that an intervention against the Syrian government would be in the national interest of the United States.

[NBC News]