Majority of Americans support chemical weapon red line in Syria

Approximately 63 percent of Americans support U.S. military involvement in Syria if the embattled government uses chemical weapons on its own people, according to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The poll found that approximately three-quarters of the public does not think the U.S. military should get involved in the country and only 17 percent support a mission of that kind. Americans would be much more supportive of intervention to stop Bashar Al-Assad's regime if it were to cross the red line set by U.S. President Barack Obama and use chemical weapons against its people, the Washington Post reports.

If Syria lost control of its stockpile of chemical weapons, 70 percent of Americans would support military action from the U.S.

Last week, Obama's administration recognized a Syrian opposition group, which received an overall negative reaction. In general, 47 percent of Americans polled oppose Obama's endorsement of rebel groups and 29 percent support it.

In Washington, the reception of the recognition is just as chilly, with only 40 percent of Democrats approving Obama's decision to recognize Syrian rebel groups. Approximately 64 percent of Republicans oppose the decision.

The telephone poll was conducted between December 13 and December 16 among a random national sample of 1,002 adults. The results from the full survey have a sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points, the Washington Post reports.