Scene from Azaz, Syria

Yet another poll makes it clear that the American people don’t want to be involved in Syria. According to a new Quinnipiac survey, only 27 percent of voters think it is in the national interest to be involved in the Syrian civil war, while 61 percent think it is not in our interest.

Similarly, the poll found that the vast majority of American voters don’t want our government providing military supplies or weapons to the rebels. Only 27 percent support arming the rebels, while 59 percent oppose providing military aid.

Voters are more willing to use drones and cruise missiles in Syria, though, if they don’t risk American lives. The poll found 49 percent would support the use of drones in Syria, while 38 percent oppose it.

President Obama’s decision to go against the clear and explicit wishes of the American people by providing military aid to the Syrian rebels caused his job approval rating on foreign policy issues  to crumple. Currently, 52 percent disapprove of his  handling of foreign policy, while only 40 percent approve. This is a dramatic swing from May when his approval rating on this issue was 47 percent approve to 43 percent disapprove. This is driven by the fact that the percentage of voters who oppose Obama handling of Syria has jumped 13 points in just two months.

Photo by Christiaan Triebert under Creative Commons license

Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at