Boiseans trend with polls against Syria strike

Boiseans trend with polls against Syria strike »Play Video

President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden, left, speaks about the crisis in Syria in the Rose Garden of the White House on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 in Washington. Obama says he has decided that the United States should take military action against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack. But he says he will seek congressional authorization for the use of force. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- According to the latest opinion polls, President Obama has a lot of convincing to do about a U.S. strike against Syria, and not just in Congress.

While polls show many Americans believe the Al-Assad regime has used chemical weapons on civilians, a fresh CBS News/New York Times poll shows 61 percent of Americans still oppose military strikes against Syria.

Only 30 percent are in favor, according to the poll.

And opposition to Obama crosses party lines.

"I back him because I'm a Democrat," said Steve Hattor of Boise. "But I'm totally against him now. It's just the wrong thing to do."

Wandering the streets of Boise, we couldn't find anybody who supported U.S. military action against Syria.

On the eve of another 9/11 anniversary, the polls reflect an American public weary of war and uncertain if strikes in Syria can change the outcome of that conflict.

"I think it's a terrible idea," said Jason White of Boise. "Ten years ago we entered an awful war. I don't want to see it happen again."

"I don't think war is the answer," said Acacia Turner, also of Boise. "There should be peace negotiations instead."

It seems if President Obama is going to change any minds, he'll need all the skills of persuasion he can muster.