IBOPE Inteligência Poll: Seven in Ten Voters Concerned Syrian Violence Could Spread

Poll Finds Majority Say US Russia More Enemy than Ally

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Utica, NY (PRWEB) June 19, 2012

A significant majority of likely voters is concerned the unrest in Syria could spill over into the region and draw Iran into the fighting, but very few approve of the US going in on our own to support the opposing forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a new IBOPE Inteligência poll finds.

The poll of likely voters nationwide finds 70% are concerned of the possibility of unrest spiraling into a larger civil war, and becoming a proxy war that could draw in Iran and other powers in the region.

However, just 9% would approve of the US intervening militarily on our own to support opposition forces in Syria. The approval of US military intervention does increase to 29% if it was done as part of an international coalition, but the vast majority (76%) would like to see increased sanctions and other diplomatic measures against the al-Assad regime.

In regards to Russia’s role in the conflict, 64% want the U.S. to take stronger diplomatic actions against the nation should it continue to provide arms to the al-Assad regime, and 55% agree that Russian policies have not changed much from the Cold War, so the U.S. should regard Russia as more enemy than ally.

Also, only 20% agree the U.N. can bring an end to the violence in Syria.

The poll asked voters if they agree or disagree with several U.S. policy options regarding the violence between al-Assad and rebel forces. The results are as follows:

  •     9% support the US military intervening alone to support forces opposing al-Assad, 78% oppose and 13% are not sure.
  •     29% support the US military intervening as part of an international coalition, 58% oppose and 13% are not sure.
  •     76% support increased sanctions and other diplomatic measures against the al-Assad regime, 13% oppose and 11% are not sure.
  •     40% support supplying arms and other materials to forces opposing al-Assad, 45% oppose and 15% are not sure.
  •     54% support supplying arms and other materials to forces opposing al-Assad, but only as part of an international coalition, 34% oppose and 12% are not sure.
  •     19% support sending in Seal Team 6, 65% oppose and 16% are not sure.

IBOPE Inteligência conducted an online survey of 1,939 likely US voters. The margin of error is +/- 2.2 percentage points. A sampling of IBOPE Inteligência's online panel, which is representative of the adult population of the US, was invited to participate from June 15-18. Slight weights were added to region, party, age, race, religion, gender and education to more accurately reflect the population.

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IBOPE Inteligência, formerly IBOPE Zogby International, is a non-partisan, premier global public opinion polling and market research firm that offers timely, accurate results and in-depth analysis and insights. IBOPE Inteligência works with issue experts in a vast array of fields including healthcare, technology, finance, insurance, energy, agriculture, public affairs, and media who offer insightful data analysis and exceptional service to clients in countries throughout the world. IBOPE Inteligência experts analyze data and work with clients to develop and implement new strategies, and offer customized and attractive solutions to challenges our clients face. IBOPE Inteligência is a subsidiary of the IBOPE Group of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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