Including seven-in-10 Democrats.
Half of Americans say they oppose taking military action in Syria and nearly eight-in-10 think the president should get congressional authorization before using force, according to a new poll out Friday.
While only 42 percent say they support using force in response to the use of chemical weapons, the numbers flip when military action is defined as launching cruise missiles from naval warships — with 50 percent in favor and 44 percent opposing, the NBC News poll shows.
The poll also found 58 percent agree the use of chemical weapons by any country violates a “red line” that demands the U.S. respond, but 79 percent say they believe that President Barack Obama should receive congressional approval before any military action. Nearly seven-in-10 Democrats and 90 percent of Republicans told pollsters the president should get congressional authorization first.