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Fewer Voters See Syria As a Vital National Security Interest

Thursday, April 05, 2018

As President Trump talks to his staff about pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, fewer voters see the war-torn nation as a vital national security interest for the United States. And nearly half continue to believe the best way to handle the Syrian crisis is to leave it alone.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 42% of Likely U.S. Voters believe Syria is a vital national security interest for the United States these days, down from 51% a year ago and the mid- to upper-50s in 2016. In 2015, however, 47% felt the Middle East country was key to national security in America.

Thirty-one percent (31%) don’t view Syria as a vital national security interest for the United States, while nearly as many (27%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on April 2-3, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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