Americans Remain Divided on Sending Ground Forces to Syria - Poll

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Americans remain divided on whether the United States should send ground troops to Syria in an effort to end the civil war there, a new Gallup poll revealed.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Some 34 percent of Americans said the United States should get "more involved" in Syria, while 30 percent said "less involved," according to the poll, which was released on Friday.

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Another 29 percent said "involvement is about right."

Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011, with the Syrian Army, which is loyal to the government of President Bashar Assad, fighting several Islamic opposition factions and terrorist groups.

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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has calculated that 355,000 people have been killed in the conflict.

"Syria now has the second-worst image of 21 countries rated in a new Gallup poll, with only North Korea rated worse," the organization said.

"Four out of five Americans now say they have an unfavorable view of Syria, a rise from 74 percent a year ago," the Gallup poll reported.

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