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American opinion is split on what involvement - if any - the United States should have in Syria. A new NBC poll shows half of those surveyed oppose taking military action.

We've been asking you to weigh in on the situation and also checking in with local lawmakers.

all of the federal lawmakers we've heard from agree that the situation in Syria is concerning and chemical weapons attacks are unacceptable.

They all also agree that the U.S. needs to think long and hard about what it's involvement in Syria -- if any -- should be.

""As we learned from our experience with the rush to go to war with Iraq, perhaps most famously with Colin Powell at the U.N., we should not rush to military action without an understanding of the ramifications," Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said in a written statement Friday.

That call for caution and international cooperation is something we heard from many other lawmakers too.

"If we can do something to discourage Assad from using these chemical weapons, without engaging in war and without making a commitment, a long term commitment for the United States, I'm open," said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois).

"You have to start with the end in mind," said Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Illinois), "So if we do something with missiles in Syria, what are the next steps? And, what's going to be the reaction to that?"

That's a concern that's been echoed by many TV-6 viewers on social media. Hundreds of you shared your thoughts with us on Facebook about what the United States should do:

  • Matt Cook writes:
    • World War III if we go in. We need to mind our own business.
  • Ken Johnson says:
    • If approved and aided by the U.N., maybe. The US alone, no way...
  • Georgina Hurren Young comments:
    • And just what are the people going to say when one of those chemical attacks lands in your back yard...
  • And then there's this comment from Francis Henderson:
    • They're on the other side of the world. Take them out from sea or the air or leave them to their own devices NOT TROOPS!!!

Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) agrees with that last bit specifically.

"I don't support boots on the ground," Rep. Loebsack said. "I don't support unilateral action. And I think that congress has a Constitutional role to play in all of this."

Rep. Loebsack is in good company on that. According to an NBC News poll, more than 80 percent of Americans want the president to seek congressional approval before taking military action in Syria.

As Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said, in a written statement Friday:

"Congress has an important part in reflecting the concerns and views of Americans and should convene to discuss Syria and the role and response of the United States under our tradition of moral leadership as well as what is a national security interest of the United States and what justifies the expenditure of U.S. Resources."

Many lawmakers and TV 6 viewers we've heard from seem to agree on that.