|Majority of Americans oppose military attack on Syria, poll says||
As President Obama and his administration ramp up their efforts to convince Congress and the American people to support an attack on Syria, a CBS News/New York Times poll shows a majority of Americans opposes military strikes.
Six in 10 Americans oppose military air strikes against Syria, and a majority - 56 percent - disapproves of how Mr. Obama is handling the matter.
With the president addressed the nation Tuesday night following 10 days of explanations from all levels of the administration, only 14 percent of Americans say the administration has explained its goals for a strike.
Seventy-nine percent of Americans (including majorities of Republicans, Democrats and independents) say the Obama administration has not yet clearly explained what U.S. goals are in Syria.
There is widespread concern among the public that action now would lead to prolonged war: 66 percent are very concerned about a long and costly involvement.
Sixty-one percent currently oppose air strikes in response to the reported chemical weapon attacks used by the Syrian government. Opposition is stronger among Republicans and independents than it is among Democrats.
Eighty-seven percent of Americans are at least somewhat concerned that a U.S. strike would lead to a long and costly involvement in Syria, including a 66 percent majority who are very concerned about that. Americans of all political stripes are concerned.
(Source: CBS News)
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