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Majority of Americans and British opposed to arming Syrian rebels

By Sami Zaatari     Jun 19, 2013 in World
In the wake of the Obama administration's decision to arm the Syrian rebels, the American public continues to broadly reject such proposals.
A recent poll carried out by the Pew Research Center found that 70 percent of Americans were opposed to arming the Syrian rebels, up 5 percentage points from December, when it was 65 percent in opposition.
Only 20 percent of Americans were in favour of arming the Syrian rebels, 4 percentage points down from six months ago, when it was 24 percent.
The poll also found that Americans amongst both political parties, Republicans and Democrats, were in general agreement against the arming of Syrian rebels. 71 percent of Republicans are opposed to any arming, with 66 percent of Democrats also opposed.
The latest poll in America mirrors that of other Western nations, with 56 percent of the British public against the arming of Syrian rebels, and 48 percent feeling that Syria's civil war has nothing to do with them.
The latest poll results show that while the governments of America and Britain are keen to play an active role in the arming of Syrian rebels, that this enthusiasm is not shared by their constituents.
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