President Obama has clearly failed to make his case for attacking Syria to the American people. According to a new Pew Research poll, opposition to Syria airstrikes has grown dramatically in just the past week.
Last week their poll found 48 percent opposed airstrikes while only 29 percent favored them. Over the past week, though, most of the people who were originally undecided have started to oppose military action. The new poll found 63 percent oppose action while still only 28 percent support airstrikes.
Opposition has grown across all political groups but the largest increase has been among Republicans, smallest among Democrats. Last week 40 percent of regular Republicans opposed airstrikes, now 70 percent do.
A CNN/ORC poll also out today found very similar results. According to it, 59 percent want Congress to vote against the authorization to use force while just 39 percent support it.
The growing opposition to any military action will make it very difficult for Obama to whip Congress on this issue. Obama is going to address the nation tomorrow, but it is unlikely anything he says will reverse this trend. The CNN poll found a vast majority of Americans think it is likely the Assad regime used chemical weapons against civilians, but still 69 percent of Americans don’t believe military action is in our national interest.