As President Barack Obama presses his case for a strike on Syria, a new national survey shows him swimming against a strong tide of public opinion that doesn’t want the U.S. to get involved.
The CNN/ORC International poll released Monday shows that even though eight in 10 Americans believe that the Bashar al-Assad regime gassed its own people, a strong majority doesn’t want Congress to pass a resolution authorizing a military strike against the regime.
More than seven in 10 say such a strike would not achieve significant goals for the U.S. and a similar amount say it’s not in the national interest for the U.S. to get involved in Syria’s bloody two-year long civil war.
The poll comes at the start of a pivotal week for the president. The Senate is expected to take up the resolution after returning from its month-long summer recess on Monday and Obama does a round of interviews with the major broadcast and cable news outlets. Wolf Blitzer’s interview with Obama will air Monday on “The Situation Room” at 6 p.m. ET.