There is strong public sentiment against the United States to intervene in the fighting occurring in Syria between government forces and anti-government groups. Nearly two-thirds (64%) of Americans say the United States does not have a responsibility to do something about the conflict. Similar percentages oppose the prospect of a U.S.-load coalition strike on Syrian military forces in the name of protecting anti-government groups, as was done in Libya. Also unpopular was he notion of aiding the opposition with arms and military supplies..

A survey conducted March 7-11 found this opposition to be bipartisan. Majorities of both Republicans and Democrats said that the U.S. did not have a responsibility to get involved and opposed both air strikes (62%) and military assistance (63%).

In the run up to the to the allied bombing campaign in Libya last year, 69% of Americans opposed arming anti-government rebels and 77% opposed bombing Libyan air defenses. Read More

Russell Heimlich  is a former web developer at Pew Research Center.