The American public is not eager to see the United States take military action against the Syrian regime, according to a new NBC News poll released Friday.
Twenty-six percent favor military action, while 40 percent prefer humanitarian aid. Even when told the Syrian government has used chemical weapons, half said the U.S. should not take military action. But half also said they would support the use of cruise missiles launched from Navy ships aimed at destroying infrastructure.
Most of the data, though, showed opposition to military action. One third said such action was not in the U.S. national interest, compared to 21 percent who did.
And nearly one in five said the president should seek approval from Congress. Obama has consulted with congressional leaders, but lawmakers are not due to return to Washington until Sept. 9.
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