Updated: Add Obama to 79% who want Congress to OK Syria action


Maybe President Obama saw this poll. AP just posted a story saying that the president “abruptly announced Saturday he will seek congressional approval before launching any military action meant to punish Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons in an attack that killed hundreds.”

Original post: This is something voters from both parties can agree on.

A whopping 79% of Americans say President Obama should get congressional approval before striking Syria, an NBC News poll shows. That number includes about 7 out of 10 Democrats and 90 percent of Republicans.

Other findings:

  • 50 percent oppose taking military action; 42 percent support it.
  • 58 percent agree with the statement: The use of chemical weapons by any country violates a “red line” that requires a significant U.S. response, including the possibility of military action.
  • Only 21 percent think taking action against Assad’s government is in the national interest; 33 percent disagree and 45 percent don’t know enough to have an opinion.