Black columns of smoke rise from heavy shelling in the Jobar neighborhood, east of Damascus, Syria, on Sunday.
(Photo: Hassan Ammar, AP)
(USA TODAY) -- Nearly 80% of Americans say President Obama should seek congressional
approval before taking any military action in Syria, according to an NBC News poll published Friday.
Seventy-nine percent of respondents say they want the president to receive congressional approval before taking any action.
tough poll numbers for the White House come one day after members of
Obama's national security team provided 26 lawmakers with an
unclassified briefing to detail some of the intelligence they say shows
regime loyalists linked to Syrian President Bashar Assad were
responsible for a chemical attack Aug. 21 outside Damascus that left
The British Parliament voted Thursday to reject
taking limited military action against Syria, despite the U.K.
government releasing intelligence that shows the regime has deployed
chemical weapons 15 times against the Syrian opposition.
50% of Americans say they oppose the United States taking military
action against Assad, and 42% support it, according to the new poll.
respondents were asked if the military action meant launching cruise
missiles from naval warships - 50% favored it, while 44% opposed
That figure could provide some comfort to Obama who has made clear
that any potential action against Assad would be limited in scope and
would not include U.S. troops on the ground.
Aides to Obama say he has not made a decision about taking military action in Syria.
we've said, President Obama's decision making will be guided by what is
in the best interests of the United States," National Security Council
spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said Thursday. "He believes that there are
core interests at stake for the United States. He believes that there
are core interests at stake for the United States and that countries who
violate international norms regarding chemical weapons need to be held
NBC conducted its poll Wednesday and Thursday, and the poll has a margin of error of ±3.7 percentage points.