Most users of social networking sites don't support military operation against Syria - global monitoring

The world's public is divided on who used chemical weapons in Syria, but most people oppose Western military intervention in Syria in all countries, shows a global public opinion study surveying users of the social networksing sites

The world's public is divided on who used chemical weapons in Syria, but most people oppose Western military intervention in Syria in all countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Turkey, shows a global public opinion study surveying users of the main social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Vkontakte, Livejournal, Youtube, etc.), conducted by the foundation Vox Populi.

Statements by 605,484 people from 11,397 populated areas of 241 countries (a total of 1.7 million posts) on the conflict in Syria and the preparations for a Western military operation against Syria were registered over the course of 48 hours (from 6:00 p.m. on August 30 to 6:00 p.m. on September 1), the sociologists told Interfax on Wednesday.

The most active debate on the situation in Syria was registered in the U.S. Internet space (where 46 percent of all posts were registered). The U.S. is followed by the UK with 14 percent of the posts. In Russia, the debate is much less active (only 4 percent of the posts).

Analyzing the reports, the Vox Populi experts drew the conclusion that an overwhelming majority of the reports contain a negative attitude to the possibility of intervention by the West in the situation in Syria (over 85 percent of all posts).

In the U.S. segment of social media, users are inclined to blame the Assad administration for the use of chemical weapons in Syria (64 percent of all posts) than the rebels (36 percent).

People in Germany and Turkey think the same (58 percent and 42 percent of the posts in Germany and 70 percent against 30 percent of all posts in Turkey). In the UK, most people (57 percent) blame the rebels for the use of chemical weapons, while 43 percent blame the Assad administration.

In France, people are divided almost evenly (51 percent against 49 percent). In Russia, 96 percent of the posts blame rebels for the use of chemical weapons.

Despite the differences in the evaluation of the situation, an overwhelming majority of users of social networking sites in all countries spoke against the invasion of Syria by the Western countries.

This attitude is especially clearly manifested in Russia (94 percent of all posts), France (90 percent), Germany (88 percent), the UK (84 percent), and the U.S. (83 percent). In Turkey, the preparations for a western operation against Syria are criticized in 64 percent of the posts, Vox Populi said.

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