Poll Results: Syria Leadership

Poll Results: Syria Leadership

These are the topline results of a YouGov/Economist survey of 1000 US adults interviewed September 21 - 23, 2013 leadership during the Syria crisis. The results show that most Americans generally disapprove of how President Obama has handled the crisis. The margin of error is 4.9%.

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How much have you heard about a proposal for the Syrian government to surrender its chemical weapons stockpile in order to prevent a U.S. military strike?
Heard a lot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44%
Heard a little . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44%
Heard nothing at all . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12%

Do you think the Syrian government will surrender its chemical weapons stockpile in order to prevent a U.S. military strike?
Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23%
No . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39%

Do you think the Syrian government is negotiating in good faith or do you think they are just stalling?
Negotiating in good faith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14%
Stalling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26%

What should happen if the Syrian government fails to disarm under the terms of the agreement? (Select as many options as you want.)
A military strike by the U.S. alone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11%
A military strike by a coalition including the U.S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28%
A military strike by a country other than the U.S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11%
Economic sanctions targeted at the entire country . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19%
Economic and diplomatic sanctions targeted only at Syrian government . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39%
Nothing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11%
Something else . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21%

Which world leader was the most effective during the Syrian chemical weapons crisis?
Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49%
Barack Obama, the President of the United States . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25%
David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the UK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6%
Francois Hollande, the President of France . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4%
Bashar Assad, the President of Syria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9%
Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7%

Which world leader was the least effective during the Syrian chemical weapons crisis?
Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10%
Barack Obama, the President of the United States . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44%
David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the UK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10%
Francois Hollande, the President of France . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5%
Bashar Assad, the President of Syria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16%
Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15%

Do you support or oppose the use of military force against Syria?
Strongly support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6%
Somewhat support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20%
Somewhat oppose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22%
Strongly oppose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16%

Will President Obama order military action against Syria if the government refuses to disarm?
Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37%
No . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42%

Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling the situation in Syria?
Strongly approve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11%
Somewhat approve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19%
Somewhat disapprove . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18%
Strongly disapprove . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36%
No opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15%


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