Responding to a New York Times/CBS News poll conducted from April 24-28, only 24 percent of those polled said that the United States has a responsibility to do something about the fighting in Syria between government forces and anti-government groups. An overwhelming majority — 62 percent — said that the United States has no such responsibility. (Poll results.)
Replying to another question about whether North Korea poses a threat to the United States that requires immediate military action, only 15 percent said that military action is required now, 56 percent said that any threat from North Korea can be contained for now, and 21 percent said that North Korea presents no threat to the United States at this time.
The poll also indicated that the American public has tired of following events in Syria, with only 10 percent responding that they are following news about the conflict in Syria closely, down from 12 percent in March and 18 percent last December.
The Times quoted a respondent, Louis Brown from Springfield Township, Ohio, who described Syria and North Korea in a follow-up interview as “political hotbeds.” Brown stated: “We don’t need additional loss of American lives right now.”
Brown said he thought that now was the time to “concentrate on our own backyard,” and he cited the economy as the most important problem facing the country. Brown said that Congress and President Obama should “address the economic situation in the country and stop infighting.”
Another poll respondent quoted by the Times, Pat Bates of Parkville, Missouri, said she would “hate to see us trot into yet another country and try to fix things when we’re not quite sure what we’re doing.” She continued: “We’ve certainly got enough to keep us busy here without sending our young people over somewhere again.”
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