a Gallup poll finds 54% oppose arming rebels, with 37% backing. Questions mentions "Obama" which accounts for more Dems backing the idea.
Earlier: While mainstream pundits and political figures left and right endorsed President Obama's decision to arm Syria rebels last week, polls from several weeks back showed that most American opposed such a move. But, aha, the hawks cried--wait till polls come out in light of the "finding" that Assad had used chemical agents. That's a game changer.
Well, a new Pew survey finds that 7 in 10 still oppose arming the rebels, mainly because they (60%) correctly realize that this ragtag bunch, including many jihadists and al-Qaeda backers, might be no better than the current regime. And, for once, views were little different whether Dems, Repubs or Indies.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Most Americans Still Oppose Arming Syrian 'Rebels'
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