Pew Poll says public opposition to Syria strike growing

Public opposition to the idea attacking Syria is growing, according to fresh Pew Poll numbers.

The difference is that those who were undecided last week are breaking mostly into opposed.

Last week, it was 48 percent opposed/29 in favor/23 undecided.

In the new poll, it’s 63 opposed/28 in favor/9 undecided.

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Comments (12)

  1. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 09/09/2013 - 01:04 pm.

    The question is…

    What caused that shift?

    And bear in mind the final statement in the poll description:
    “In addition to sampling error, one should bear in mind that question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of opinion polls.”

    • Submitted by Raj Maddali on 09/09/2013 - 04:08 pm.

      The question…

      Could not have changed that much to cause such a shift it numbers. Could it be that there is no evidence that Assad had anything to do with this ? Could it be the public sees no difference between bombs and chemical weapons?

      • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 09/09/2013 - 05:20 pm.

        There is a literature on the subject of polling

        Minor differences in wording can make a big difference in responding.

        And the moon COULD be made of green cheese, but it’s not likely.
        The Assad’s have a long and bloody history.

        • Submitted by Raj Maddali on 09/10/2013 - 02:52 pm.

          This is not the first time Pew has conducted a poll.

          I’m sure Pew knows how to conduct a poll and more so how to present statistics comparatively.

          The moon COULD be made of green cheese, but that was disproven by actual proof. None here. Once again, lets not substitute desire for fact. Of which none has been presented.

          • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 09/11/2013 - 09:42 am.


            Pew are professionals and know how to write a poll.
            Being professionals they are paid to poll, and ask the questions they are paid to ask.
            And if you don’t believe that the exact wording of polls can make a difference, you might consider taking a course in Psychology; maybe Testing and Measurement.

            • Submitted by Raj Maddali on 09/11/2013 - 01:20 pm.


              Pew are professionals who are nothing more than paid monkeys. They just rattle out the questions that their clients write down on a paper and regurgitate the results. I wonder how you are so positive that Pew does not have any internal methodologies for comparative polls etc.

              You may want to in your vast free time explore a rather standard subject/symptom in Psychology – Denial.

    • Submitted by Peder DeFor on 09/10/2013 - 08:19 am.

      What Caused the Shift?

      I imagine that a couple of weeks ago, there were plenty of people, especially Dems, who were willing to give Obama the benefit of the doubt. They thought that there must be some kind of decent plan and were willing to be patient while it was explained to them. They took a ‘wait and see’ attitude.
      Since then, the sheer incompetence that’s come from the Obama admin has been breathtaking. We’ve been told that Assad is the next Hitler but our response will be ‘incredibly small’. We’ve been told by the Pentagon that what we will do is akin to making Assad eat Cheerios with a fork. We haven’t been told of any positive thing that will result from strikes. We’ve had obvious dangers simply hand-waved away. This is the public actions, mind you. Not even one-on-one White House meetings with various Senators and Representatives have changed minds.
      At this point I’m rather amazed at the small percentage who still support strikes.

  2. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 09/09/2013 - 09:51 pm.

    The more people learned the details

    of who the “rebels” are, the more they came to the conclusion that you don’t engage in another country’s civil war, especially when both sides are our enemy.

    Obama’s administration lacks the experience, nuance and sophistication to recognize this simple fact.

    • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 09/10/2013 - 09:27 am.

      Mencken and simple facts

      “There is always a well-known solution to every human problem–neat, plausible, and wrong.”

  3. Submitted by rolf westgard on 09/10/2013 - 01:55 am.

    Same mistake over and over

    Invading Iraq; arming binLadin’s Sunni in Afghanistan, Vietnam, etc
    Lobbing missiles at Syria is utter madness.
    Obama supporter shaking his head.
    But at least we have Obamacare which will be as popular as Medicare.

  4. Submitted by Dan Hintz on 09/10/2013 - 09:31 pm.

    Maybe we have learned something

    Could it be that people are remembering the run-up to the Iraq war and how that eventually turned out? Could it be that having been burned before, people want to see the proof? Could it be that people are condidering the long-term implications of getting involved in another Middle-East conflict?

    I feel like this is Bizarro World 2003 with some of my Democratic friends and the president I voted for taking the roles of Bush and the Republicans.

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