Poll: US majority backs airstrikes in Syria

A majority of Americans think the U.S. should expand its military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll published on Friday.

The poll indicates that 60 percent of Americans now support airstrikes against ISIS in Syria, while 20 percent are opposed.


Of Democrats polled, 56 percent said they were in favor. Fifty-four percent of independents and 79 percent of Republicans also support airstrikes in Syria.

The support has grown sharply since September, when 13 percent of Americans thought the U.S. should strike in Syria.

In addition, 64 percent overall said they supported the current airstrike campaign against ISIS in Iraq — including 64 percent of Democrats, 57 percent of independents and 73 percent of Republicans.

The poll was conducted between Tuesday and Thursday, after ISIS militants in Syria beheaded American journalist James Foley in a video released Aug. 19.