Poll: 80 pct. want congressional approval on Syria

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on August 30, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 7:03 AM

A new NBC News poll found that nearly 80 percent of Americans believe that President Barack Obama should receive congressional approval before using force in Syria for suspected chemical weapons attacks.

The country remains divided on whether intervention is necessary, however. Fifty percent of Americans believe the United States should not intervene while 42 percent think the country should, the poll revealed.

But some poll respondents were supportive of limited military action. Fifty percent said they favored launching cruise missiles from U.S. naval ships, while 44 percent opposed it.

Related: U.S. Government Assessment of the Syrian Government’s Use of Chemical Weapons

Related: White House map of Syria chemical attacks

Additionally, 58 percent agree with the statement that the use of chemical weapons by any country violates a "red line" that requires a significant U.S. response, including possible military action, the poll found.

The NBC News poll also found that President Obama's overall job-approval rating has decreased by one point since last month to 44 percent, which is tied for his lowest mark in past NBC News/Wall Street Journal surveys. His foreign policy gets even lower marks: Only 41 percent approve of his handling of issues, which marks an all-time low.

The NBC News poll was conducted August 28 to August 29 and polled 700 adults. It has a margin of error of 3.7 percent.

Read NBC News' article about the poll, and see the full poll here.

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