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Majority of Americans oppose US military intervention in Syria

Despite two-thirds of the voters being convinced that the Syrian government used gas on its citizens, 61% oppose intervention for that


Majority of Americans said the United States should stay out of Syria's civil war.

Even among those who believe Syria used gas on its citizens, nearly 53 percent opposed using force as punishment as compared to 42 percent who supported.The Fox News Poll found that despite two-thirds of voters, 66 percent, saying the Syrian government used gas on its citizens, just 36% favor using force to punish Syria for that, as compared to 61% who oppose.

The poll found that two-thirds or 68 percent of Americans said that the US should stay out of Syria because it's a civil war and the US could end up helping anti-American extremists.

Also, 74% respondents said that taking action will provoke rather than prevent additional violence in the Middle East.

The poll asked respondents about four military actions the US


could take in response to more than 100,000 dead and the use of chemical weapons in Syria's civil war.

No option is supported by a majority of voters.

The one option that was supported by most was using force to degrade Syria's capacity to use chemical weapons in the future: 42% favor that, while 52% oppose it.

Nearly 67%of respondents also oppose using force to help the anti-government rebels as compared to 27%who support.

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First Published: Tue, September 10 2013. 10:50 IST