The situation in Syria has been escalating this week, with the possibility of American military action against the country becoming more and more likely. The US is prepared to launch missile strikes against the country, pending only the order from the president.
When the Media and Public Opinion (MPO) Research Group asked Americans what the US should do about Syria during its current crisis, the public was divided on what the next step should be. The most popular option was economic sanctions against the government, though that was only slightly more favored than military intervention with UN support and doing nothing.
There is nothing yet to indicate how recent events have affected public opinion, but it will be interesting to see whether the use of chemical weapons has made American public opinion more ready to take action against the Assad government.
Obama supporters were more in favor of military intervention, both with and without UN support. Those who disapprove of Obama, meanwhile, were three times as likely to support doing nothing and letting Syria resolve the problem itself. Obama supporters were slightly more likely to favor economic sanctions.
This data comes from a Media and Public Opinion Research Group survey of 507 American adults over the month of July 2013. The margin of error is 4.35%.