Where AOL Users Stand on Syria Crisis; Obama, McCain Struggle to Find Support for War

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First Posted: 09/06/13 EDT Updated: 09/06/13 EDT

Update, 8:25 p.m.: As of 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, AOL.com's unofficial opinion poll had exceeded 167,000 respondents, with an overwhelming majority opposed to a military strike in Syria. Only 13 percent said a strike was necessary, while 76 percent of respondents said the US should not become entangled in the complicated Middle East nation. The poll closed at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration is still pushing hard for intervention. Secretary of State John Kerry told The Huffington Post on Friday afternoon that President Obama has the right to order military strikes on Syria even if Congress doesn't authorize the plan. And former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright waded into the debate by urging Congress to approve the Obama administration's war plan, The Huffington Post reports.


Beginning on Thursday night, we asked where Americans stand on Syria in our unscientific opinion poll, and by Friday morning, more than 36,000 AOL users had weighed in. The numbers, which are still changing, revealed sharp opposition among AOL users to launching a military strike. Around 70 percent of respondents had indicated that they think the US should avoid military involvement in Syria. To vote in our poll, click here.

The Obama administration has made a concerted case for launching an attack to degrade the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and President Obama's resolution to authorize the use of force passed a vote by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 10-7, on Wednesday. But the president is finding far less support among lawmakers in the House, where, as of Friday morning, more than 200 US Representatives were leaning toward voting against a military strike, according to The Huffington Post vote tracker. Meanwhile, even Arizona Senator John McCain was met with sharp resistance to Syria intervention at a town hall meeting in Phoenix on Thursday.

In a press conference from the G-20 Summit in Russia on Friday, President Obama said he expected resistance to military action, but that intervening there 'is the right thing to do.' Obama also plans to address the nation Tuesday night about the crisis in Syria.

Finally, a report by The Huffington Post finds public opinion around the world on the crisis is similar to that in the US: sharply opposed to Syria strikes.