Foster McCollum White Baydoun (FMW)B, a national public opinion polling and voter analytics consulting firm based in Michigan and representing the combined resources of Foster McCollum White & Associates (Troy Michigan) and Baydoun Consulting (Dearborn Michigan) conducted a telephone-automated polling random survey of Michigan registered voters to determine their desire for intervention in Middle East foreign affairs.
Key Findings Analysis – United States Intervention in ongoing Middle East Conflicts
With the continuing violence in Syria, concerns about the recent election in Egypt and the continuing issues between Israel and Iran over Iran's nuclear program, some politicians such as Arizona Senator John McCain have called for military action in Syria and Iran, President Obama and most Democrats have favored drone strikes, diplomacy and economic sanctions. Do you believe America should actively intervene in Middle East affairs?
(Yes, intervene with diplomatic and military actions): 31.15%
(Yes, intervene with diplomatic efforts only): 25.20%
(Yes, intervene with military action only): 4.20%
(Do not intervene): 20.39%
FMWB says the findings reflect a general lack of appetite among Michigan voters for military intervention in Syria and the flashpoints in the Middle East. Michigan voters do desire diplomatic intervention, which may be reflective of their concerns about the citizens in these countries based on the destabilization that has occurred. Tarek Baydoun, statistical analyst for Foster McCollum White Baydoun reflects, "It is not surprising that so many Michigan voters are against military intervention in Middle East affairs. Fresh off of two failed wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there is little tolerance for expensive and risky interventions abroad when the state and the country are facing so many domestic challenges. This would explain why hawkish politicians like Sen. John McCain can say what they want but neither presidential candidate is speaking seriously about military action despite undeniably dangerous instabilities developing in the Middle East and the failure of US and European diplomacy, sanctions, and covert operations in Syria and Iran."
The aggregate Michigan Statewide polling study sample size of 1,733 respondents has a 2.35% margin of error, with a confidence level of 95%.
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