The numbers have actually gone up as Americans have learned more about the Sunni side of the Muslim religious war taking place in Syria.
Broad majorities continue to oppose the U.S. and its allies sending arms and military supplies to anti-government groups in Syria. Last Thursday’s announcement that the U.S. would aid the rebels has not increased public support for action, and majorities of all partisan groups are opposed.
Overall, 70% oppose the U.S. and its allies sending arms and military supplies to anti-government groups in Syria; just 20% favor this. Opinion is little changed from December of last year (24% favor) and support is down slightly from March, 2012 (29% favor).
Despite fawning media coverage of the Free Syrian Army, most Americans don’t seem to be convinced.
60 percent say Syrian opposition groups may be no better than the government.
Among Dems opposition falls to 52 percent. But still a majority. Among Republicans, it hits 64 percent. Independents broadly oppose by 74 percent.
Even supporters are fairly weak.
More than half (56%) of those who favor arming rebels agree with the statement that U.S. military forces are too overcommitted to get involved in another conflict, and 55% agree that the opposition groups in Syria may be no better than the current government. However, far larger majorities agree that it is important for the U.S. to support people who oppose authoritarian regimes (76%) and that the U.S. has a moral obligation to do what it can to stop the violence in Syria (75%).
Except the violence won’t stop.