Most Americans don't agree with President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry that military action is needed to punish the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons.

In a new Rasmussen Reports survey taken Thursday and Friday as the U.S. was providing the public proof of Syria's chemical attack, just 37 percent of likely voters said America should provide increased military assistance to protect the citizens of Syria.

Worse for the president: 65 percent said congressional approval should be required before the president takes any military action like firing cruise missiles, the leading Pentagon plan.

Some 40 percent do not believe the U.S. should get more involved militarily with the war-torn nation and 23 percent said they are not sure.

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 29-30. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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