U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met at the U.N. on Sept. 24, 2013, to discuss the chemical weapons agreement surrounding Syria. / CBS News
(CBS News) NEW YORK - A CBS News/New York Times poll out Tuesday evening shows overwhelming support for the proposed deal between the U.S. and Russia to have Syria give up its chemical weapons.
In return, the U.S. agreed to hold off on a military strike to punish the Syrians for a nerve gas attack last month.
About 82 percent of Americans favor such a deal, while 15 percent opposes. When asked if Syria will turn over all of its chemical weapons, just 33 percent said it is likely and 66 percent said it is unlikely.
Meanwhile, the top U.S. and Russian diplomats met Tuesday at the U.N. in hopes of working out the details. There has been very little progress since that deal was made 10 days ago. The U.N. meeting ran nearly two hours and there was a lot to discuss.
Secretary Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov came into Tuesday afternoon's meeting with sharp differences over the terms of the deal and how to enforce it.
The U.S. says Russia's public statements since the agreement have been counterproductive. Russia still disputes that Syria President Bashar Assad carried out the Aug. 21 sarin gas attack. It blames the rebels for the incident and says it doesn't want a U.N. resolution that includes the use of force if Syria fails to comply.
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