The American people really didn’t want to get military involved in Syria and now that President Obama has at least temporarily backed away from strikes his rating on the issue has improved noticeably.

Backing during the height of the build up for action only 33 percent approve of his handling of the Syria while 56 percent disapproved according to the CBS/NYT poll conducted 9/6-8.

Now 37 percent approve his handling of Syria and 52 percent disapprove. Still not great but a significant shift in only two weeks.

An overwhelmingly 82 percent of Americans support the Russia deal to have Syria give up its chemical weapons. Probably in large part because it avoids Obama getting us involved in another Middle East war the public wants to stay out of. Only 26 percent believe the United States has a responsibility to “do something” in Syria while 68 percent believe it is not our job. Even if Syria fails to turn over its chemical weapons 57 percent don’t want airstrikes to be launched.