Poll: Two-thirds think diplomatic solution will defuse Syria crisis

Almost two-thirds of the people who watched President Obama’s Tuesday night speech on Syria are confident a diplomatic solution will avert the use of military force in Syria.

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Sixty-five percent of people think it’s either very likely or somewhat likely that a deal can be struck to avoid a U.S. strike, according to a CNN/ORC International poll conducted just after the primetime address. 

Thirty-five percent of people remain skeptical a diplomatic deal will work.

Originally scheduled to convince Americans why limited military strikes on Syria are necessary, Obama took a detour and explained to the country the U.S. will give diplomacy a chance first. 

Syria pledged Tuesday to join the chemical weapons convention and accepted the proposal Russia put on the table Monday for Syrian President Bashar Assad to give up his chemical weapons. 

Secretary of State John Kerry will head to Geneva Thursday to meet with his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, as the Obama administration explores the elements of this transfer deal. 

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For a country whose citizens have largely been opposed to military intervention according to recent polls, CNN found 61 percent support the plan Obama laid out going forward in his speech.

On the other hand, half of people in the U.S. said the president was not persuasive enough in explaining his rationale for taking military action, the poll found. Forty-seven percent of people thought he did. 

Obama wants the U.N. Security Council to ratify a resolution outlining requirements for Syria to relinquish its weapons. Russia, however, a permanent member of the council, has blocked efforts from moving forward in the U.N. thus far. 

Russia also clarified Tuesday the deal would only play out if the U.S. renounces its plans for military action. 

Overall, a majority of people in the U.S. had either a very positive or somewhat positive reaction to the speech, according to the CNN poll.

But the speech was no match for the positive reactions Obama has received in previous speeches to the nation.