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The Zogby Poll: Voters adamant about US staying out of Syria, but open to military option for North Korea

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Zogby Analytics conducted a nationwide random online survey of 876 likely voters in the US from 4/28/17 - 4/29/17.

 

For the following do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, strongly disagree or you are not sure - The United States should send thousands of American troops to Syria to topple the Assad regime.
1. Strongly agree 9.1%
2. Somewhat agree 12.0
3. Somewhat disagree 24.7
4. Strongly disagree 41.0
5. Not sure 13.2

*Numbers for strongly and somewhat are added and then rounded up or down.

American voters clearly are against sending troops on the ground to Syria. After 16 years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, voters are skeptical of the devastation abroad and the lingering effects suffered by tens of thousands of veterans in America. Overall, two-thirds disagree (strongly and somewhat combined) with the idea of sending thousands of American troops to Syria to topple the Assad regime. In almost every sub-group there were strong majorities that disagreed with this statement.

Only 21% agree with sending thousands of boots on the ground to Syria, while 13% are not sure. Among subgroups, there were instances where some group agreed more than voters overall.

More men (28%) than women (16%) support military intervention. Younger voters age 18-29 (68%) are more likely to disagree than older voters age 50-64 (61%). There is also partisan divide on the issue. Democrats are very much against any military involvement in Syria; 15% agree with sending troops to topple the Assad regime and nearly three-quarters disagree with sending thousands of troops to Syria.

The groups who were most in favor of sending troops to Syria to defeat Assad are Hispanics (36% agree), Catholics (36% agree), NASCAR fans (40% agree), Walmart shoppers (32%) and NRA members (39% agree).

For the following do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, strongly disagree or you are not sure -  The United States must deal with North Korea's nuclear weapons program, and all options are on the table, including a preemptive military strike
1. Strongly agree 21.1%
2. Somewhat agree 30.7
3. Somewhat disagree 17.6
4. Strongly disagree 18.7
5. Not sure 11.9

*Numbers for strongly and somewhat are added and then rounded up or down.

A majority (52%) of voters agree that the US must deal with North Korea's nuclear threat and are willing to even support a preemptive strike, as opposed to 36% of voters who disagree. As of now, voters are more concerned with the threat of North Korea than of the threats coming from Syria according to a new Zogby poll taken over the weekend. Most sub-groups fell in line with these numbers. More men (62%) are likely to agree with possible intervention as an option, while women (50%) are more likely to disagree. There is also partisan divide when it comes to handling North Korea. Democrats are more likely to disagree (48%) that something must be done about North Korea, including a military strike, while an overwhelming majority of Republicans (69%) agree something must be done and military action is on the table.

Younger voters are also much less likely to agree (44%) that something must be done about North Korea, while older voters 50-64 (58%) and 65+ (55%) are more likely to agree.

There are also differences in ethnicity. White (57%) and Hispanic (58%) voters are more likely to agree with action on North Korea's nuclear weapons, while African Americans (47%) and Asians (48%) are more likely to disagree.

Some of Trump's biggest supporters are also in agreement something must be done about Kim Jong-un and his nuclear capabilities. These include, voters who identify as Catholic (62%), voters who live in the South (57%), voters who earn between $75k-$100k annually (58%), investor class voters (62%), voters who live in small cities (60%), married voters (57%) NASCAR fans (70%), weekly Walmart shoppers (60%) and NRA members (80%).

Frequency tables can be found here.

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