New Poll: Dems Support Same (Failed) Syria Strategy That Obama Pursued

By NTK Staff | 04.10.2017 @8:28am
New Poll: Dems Support Same (Failed) Syria Strategy That Obama Pursued

A CBS News poll released Monday reveals that a plurality of Democrats support "only US diplomatic talks" to confront the Syria crisis; in other words, they support Obama's failed strategy.

Democrats want President Trump to pursue diplomacy rather than military action in Syria, according to a new poll – in other words, Democrats support the same failed Syria strategy of President Obama.

The new poll, released on Monday, is one of the first measures of public opinion on the Syria crisis since President Trump approved airstrikes against a key Syrian airbase.

CBS News‘ polling team wrote that Democrats “largely would focus on diplomatic efforts.” According to the poll’s toplines, a plurality of Democrats – 40 percent – support “only US diplomatic talks, but no further US military action.” Another 18 percent support “no US involvement at all.”

A strong majority of Republicans, meanwhile, support either “full US military involvement” (34 percent) or “only US airstrikes” (37 percent).

The problem with Democrats’ insistence on diplomacy? The Obama administration’s diplomacy on Syria failed. As The Washington Post‘s Glenn Kessler noted on Monday morning, Susan Rice was wrong to claim this week that President Obama got Syria to “verifiably give up its chemical weapons stockpile.”

Kessler wrote:

We have a reasonable-person test here at The Fact Checker, and it’s doubtful many NPR listeners realized that “known” was code for the fact that Rice only was referring to chemical weapons stocks declared by Syria — or that chlorine weapons were not covered by the agreement.

The Trump administration saw the time for diplomacy with Syria is over. Will Democrats agree as the conflict rages on?

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