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Sooner Survey: Oklahomans Opposed to U.S. Military Action in Syria

by Chris Casteel Modified: September 6, 2013 at 3:25 pm •  Published: September 6, 2013

A poll out today from Sooner Survey, a publication of the Republican polling firm Cole Hargrave Snodgrass and Associates, confirms what Oklahoma members of Congress have been hearing from their constituents: Oklahomans are strongly opposed to U.S. military intervention in Syria.

Here are the questions and results:

1. Do you favor or oppose the United States taking limited military action in Syria in response to the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons against its own people?
Strongly favor 17%
Somewhat favor 14%
Somewhat oppose 13%
Strongly oppose 40%
Undecided (vol.) 17%

2.Do you favor or oppose President Obama’s proposal for the United States taking limited military action in Syria in response to the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons against its own people?
Strongly favor 12%
Somewhat favor 11% Somewhat oppose 11%
Strongly oppose 49%
Undecided (vol.) 17%

3. Thinking about the United States and Syria, which of the following comes closest to your beliefs:
The United States should make strategic strikes against Syria to show that the
use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated 28%
The United States should make a major commitment, including ground troops if
necessary, to stop the violence and to stabilize the region. 7%
The United States should stay out of the Syrian civil war. 57%
Undecided (vol.) 8%

And here are some key points from Pat McFerron, president of Cole Hargrave Snodgrass and Associates, of Oklahoma City:

_ When the question is reworded to say that this limited military response is President Obama’s proposal, support for intervention DECREASES in Oklahoma. When looking back over other studies during our firm’s history, we see that the Commander in Chief’s position has garnered more, not less, support at the start of a conflict. This is not the case with Obama today. For the split sample with Obama’s name included, only 23% support action and 60% oppose – a net change of 14 points compared to the identical question being asked without his name included.

_ One of the more interesting findings is the opposition appears to be highest in the most pro-military areas of the state. In the Lawton media market – home of Ft. Sill – 65% oppose any military action with only 23% supporting the President’s plan. In both the 4th (64% oppose any action) and the 5th (65% oppose any action) congressional districts which include Tinker AFB and surrounding areas, we see very strong opposition to any action.

The results came from a telephone survey of 500 Registered Voters in Oklahoma. At 95% confidence, it has a margin of error of +/- 4.3%. It includes interviews with both traditional land line and mobile telephones. Interviewing was conducted September 2 – 5, 2013 from the Cole Hargrave Snodgrass & Associates facility in Moore, Oklahoma.


by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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