Syria: US public ‘opposes action’

Bashar al-Assad. Picture: Getty

Bashar al-Assad. Picture: Getty

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AMERICANS strongly oppose US intervention in Syria’s civil war and believe Washington should stay out of the conflict even if reports that Syria’s government used deadly chemicals to attack civilians are confirmed, a Reuters/Ipsos poll has found.

About 60 per cent of Americans surveyed said the US should not intervene in Syria’s civil war, while just 9 per cent thought president Barack Obama should act.

More Americans would back intervention if it is established that chemical weapons have been used, but that support has dipped in recent days.

The poll, taken last week, found that 25 per cent of Americans would support US intervention if the forces of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, pictured, used chemicals to attack civilians, while 46 per cent would oppose it. That was down since 13 August, when polls found that 30.2 per cent supported intervention if chemicals had been used.

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