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Poll: 69% of Americans Viewed Obama’s Syria Speech Positively, 61% Favor His Approach

Posted by on Sep. 11, 2013 at 10:28 PM
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Poll: 69% of Americans Viewed Obama’s Syria Speech Positively, 61% Favor His Approach

President Obama has been fighting an uphill battle to win support for an authorization to strike Syria in retaliation for an Aug. 21 Sarin gas attack, but a CNN/ORC poll taken followingTuesday night’s East Room address shows good news for the President’s Syria policy. In that speech, Obama made the case for the necessity of a limited strike, but also for allowing time to let aburgeoning diplomatic solution play out. CNN’s poll found that 61% of Americans favor “the approach to Syria that Barack Obama described in his speech.”

Additionally, 69% of respondents said they felt “very positive” or “somewhat positive” about the speech. If you drill down on the poll results, though, it appears that approval for the President’s approach relies heavily on the possible success of the diplomatic solution that suddenly became possible on Monday. From CNN:

The poll indicates that nearly two-thirds of those who watched the speech think that the situation in Syria is likely to be resolved through diplomatic efforts, with 35% disagreeing.

But Obama said that he’s ordered the U.S. military “to maintain their current posture to keep the pressure on Assad, and to be in a position to respond if diplomacy fails.”

According to the poll, those who watched the president were divided on whether Obama made a convincing case in his speech for U.S. military action in Syria, with 47% saying he did and 50% saying he didn’t.

Respondents to CNN’s poll came away from the President’s speech marginally more confident in President Obama’s “leadership on military and international issues,” with 32% saying they were “more confident,” versus 16% “less confident,” and the majority, 52%, unchanged in their opinion.

Time will tell if the combination of the President’s address, and the added wrinkle of a political solution on the table, will change public opinion that has been against the President’s policies so far, and which has made congressional support for authorizing a strike politically untenable.

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by Jenney on Sep. 11, 2013 at 10:35 PM
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Actually, if you look at specific questions~ he really didn't do much in the way of positive change..

by Silver Member on Sep. 11, 2013 at 10:53 PM
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I think the pollster was confusing positive reaction with perplexed head scratching.

by Jenney on Sep. 11, 2013 at 11:06 PM
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Just listened to a liberal commentator (Kirsten Powers, The Faily Beast) say Obama made the best case he could for a really bad foreign policy in an attempt to avoid embarrassment.  

by Ruby Member on Sep. 11, 2013 at 11:15 PM

 The real story behind CNN Poll

Here Is A Deceptively Brutal Instant Poll For Obama On His Speech Tonight

Brett LoGiurato Sep. 10, 2013, 11:36 PM
Despite the good headline accompanying a CNN instant poll of reaction to President Barack Obama's address on Syria Tuesday night, the underlying numbers in the poll paint the picture that Obama has still failed to convince a majority of Americans of the need for military action in Syria.

According to the poll, 61% of respondents said that they supported the president's "position on Syria" — a statement that's ambiguous, considering the amount of dramatic developments in the situation over the past two days.

But only 47% of respondents said that Obama made a "convincing case" about the need for military action in Syria, compared with 50% who said he didn't.

Moreover, Americans seem to be putting hope in to the prospects for a diplomatic solution. About two-thirds of respondents said that they thought the situation in Syria would "likely" be resolved diplomatically, while 35% disagreed. Over the last two days, Syria has agreed to a Russia-backed proposal to turn over its chemical weapons to international control after an apparent offhanded remark from Secretary of State John Kerry.

The poll, also, split more Democratic than the general electorate. Its sample size was 37% Democrat, 43% Independent, and only 20% Republican. So it's likely that boosted the President somewhat.

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by Ruby Member on Sep. 11, 2013 at 11:19 PM

 And here's another poll to blow your post out of the water, Celestial:


Poll Finds Support Fading for Syria Attack

Only 33% Favor Action as Backing by GOP, Independents Slumps; Almost 75% Say Focus Needs to Be on Home Turf


President Barack Obama's push for Congress to authorize military action in Syria faces headwinds from an American public that increasingly is wary of overseas entanglements and doubtful that an attack would benefit the U.S.



In a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey, just 33% of those polled said Congress should approve Mr. Obama's request to attack Syria, while less than a quarter thinks military action is in the national interest.


More daunting for the president is that support for U.S. involvement is declining as the political negotiations over a potential strike play out.

 At the end of August, an NBC News poll found that half of Americans backed a limited set of airstrikes to destroy Syrian military units in response to an alleged government-directed gas attack that killed more than 1,400 civilians. In less than two weeks since then, support for a limited attack dropped to 44%, the new poll found.

 "As the public hears more information, they are coming down on the side of 'don't do it,' " said Bill McInturff, a Republican pollster who conducted the survey with Democratic pollsters Fred Yang and Peter Hart.

 Public unease over military action in Syria overlaps with growing opposition to interventions aimed at promoting freedom and democracy abroad, and increasing support for focusing the country's resources on needs at home.

 Almost 75% of participants in the new poll said the country should focus on domestic problems instead of working to promote democracy elsewhere, a sharp shift from 2005, when 54% said the U.S. should keep its focus at home.

 The shift was dramatic among conservatives, underscoring a widening isolationist streak within the GOP. Since 2005, support for promoting democracy overseas has fallen among Republicans to 19% from 60%. More than three-quarters of Republicans now say the U.S. should focus on challenges at home, up from just 32% who said that in 2005.

 The poll found almost six in 10 Americans expressing disapproval of how Mr. Obama has dealt with the Syria situation and just a third saying he had made a convincing case for action.

 "The American red line is, 'Stay out,' and it will be a heavy lift to move public opinion with just one speech," said Mr. Hart, the Democratic pollster, speaking of Mr. Obama's Tuesday night televised address to the nation.

 Should Congress turn down the president's request to authorize force, 59% of those polled said they would oppose Mr. Obama moving ahead on his own to deploy strikes against Syria.

The new survey of 1,000 adults, taken between Thursday and Sunday, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1%. It comes at the start of a week in which Mr. Obama and his top aides plan a full-out effort to convince the public and members of Congress that attacking Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons would bolster national security.

The plunge in support has been the most dramatic among Republicans and independents. In late August, 54% of self-identified Republicans and 48% of independents supported limited airstrikes against Syria, compared with 51% of Democrats. In the new poll, support among Republicans had fallen to 36% and among independents to 34%, while support among Democrats moved up slightly, to 55%.

Democrats remain ambivalent about the wisdom of a Syria offensive, with just 30% saying military action is in the national interest, compared with 35% who say it isn't. Slightly less than half of Democrats say the president had laid out a strong case for a strike, while just a quarter of independents and a fifth of Republicans say they feel that way.

In less than two weeks, Republicans have shifted sharply on whether a Syria attack would be in the nation's interest. In late August, 26% said it was, and 34% said it wasn't. In the new poll, 19% of Republicans said a strike would be in the national interest, while 58% believe it wouldn't.

Some who responded to the poll supported responses to Syria shy of airstrikes.

Richard Dickinson, a 58-year-old retiree in Phoenix, said he approved of Mr. Obama's decision to refer the Syria matter to Congress. But the Republican-leaning independent doesn't support Mr. Obama's overall direction on Syria, saying the U.S. should stick to helping Syrian refugees, and no more.

June Conaway, 74, of Allentown, Pa., is also opposed to strikes. The White House should have pushed for peace talks "two years ago, when it all started," she said, adding that nothing could change her opposition to military action now.

—Allison Prang contributed to this article.

Write to Neil King Jr. at  


by Ruby Member on Sep. 11, 2013 at 11:49 PM
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You mean 61% favored Putin's approach.

And 69% view Obama's "Putin's Syria plan" speech positively.

by Platinum Member on Sep. 12, 2013 at 12:15 AM

blank stare61% favor his approach.  WHICH approach?  WHOSE approach?

by Ruby Member on Sep. 12, 2013 at 12:46 AM
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So what survey did you read, Celestial? (With emphasis on YOU and READ.)

The OP is not even consistent with the survey. Let's walk through it, shall we:

1) Sample size:   Only 361 - Much too small a sample. Per Gallup, the minimum sample size for this kind of national political survey needs to be about 1,000 people.

2)  The actual conclusion is much more negative than this OP shows. The results are poor, not good. Those percentages would be a decisive loss in an election.

More people said that Pres. Obama did NOT make a case for military action. More DISAGREED with him than agreed. The point of the speech was to make a case for military action, but he failed. It is clear now that if the Senate and Congress had voted, the Senate might vote no, and Congress would overwhelmingly vote no. So neither the American people or the Legislative Branch are on board with the president.

60% believed military action is NOT in the national interest.  Obama tried to make the point that it is. 

Celestial - If Bush had had these results for a speech to the American people about military action, the media would say it was a complete disaster.

Hint: It was a complete disaster. Why else do you think Obama was so nervous and uncomfortable during the speech?

You sure you guys don't actually work for the Politburo of the old Soviet Union?

Oh. You do. I see.

by Ruby Member on Sep. 12, 2013 at 6:57 AM

The post is from Mediaite, so...

Quoting jcrew6:

Actually, if you look at specific questions~ he really didn't do much in the way of positive change..

Minnow Slayer

by on Sep. 12, 2013 at 9:11 AM

I won't even rip on ya OP. I feel bad, don't ya ever learn to try and find better sources? Or at least sources to back your source? You do this to yourself...

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