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Poll: Americans against Syrian intervention

A Reuters/Ipsos poll shows most Americans do not want to intervene in Syria's civil war.

A bombed house in Harem, Syria. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

WASHINGTON - Most Americans do not want to intervene in Syria's civil war, although the percentage favoured more than doubles if President Bashar al-Assad's forces use chemical weapons against their people, this is according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday.

Only 10 percent of those surveyed in the online poll said the United States should intervene in the fighting, 61 percent opposed getting involved.

But the figure favouring intervention rised to 27 percent if the Damascus government would use chemical weapons, while 44 percent would remain opposed.

The rebellion against Assad's government has resulted so far in 70,000 dead and created more than 1.2 million refugees since it erupted in 2011.

US President Barack Obama briefed journalists on security issues on 30 April 2013, and warned of rushing to judgement on possible use of chemical weapons by Syria.

Obama said on Tuesday there was evidence those weapons had been used, but too much is still unknown for Washington to do more than provide the non-lethal aid it is already sending to the Syrian rebels.

Many Americans are still oblivious on Syria events, with the poll showing 36 percent had neither heard nor read anything about the civil war there.

Only 8 percent said they had heard or read a great deal and 19% said they had heard or read a "fair amount."

The online poll of 519 Americans aged 18 and over was conducted from 26 April to 1 May.

The survey has a credibility interval of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

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