Strong public opposition to Syria strike, no matter the politics

It’s hard to remember the last time a national issue in the United States didn’t break down along party lines.

Syria, and whether the U.S. should bomb it, is that kind of issue, a new poll confirms.

More Americans — 48 percent  to 29 percent — oppose than support conducting military airstrikes against Syria in response to reports that the Syrian government used chemical weapons, the survey this afternoon from Pew Research says.

There are a few whiffs of partisanship in the breakdown of the poll, but not many:

Pew Research

If there is a gap in how Americans feel about this, it’s gender. Men are twice as likely as women to favor U.S. military airstrikes, the poll says.

Nonetheless, only about a third of Americans are watching the issue “very closely.”

Here’s the full poll.