WASHINGTON - A new AP survey reveals that only one in six members of the House of Representatives supports President Barack Obama's plan to strike Syria.
The Senate is more evenly divided while Congress still remains undecided, according to the poll.
In his weekly address, the president stressed that military action by the U.S. does not mean war.
"What we're talking about is not an open-ended intervention,” said President Obama. “This would not be another Iraq or Afghanistan. There would be no American boots on the ground. Any action we take would be limited, both in time and scope - designed to deter the Syrian government from gassing its own people again and degrade its ability to do so."
The president will address the nation Tuesday, the night before a vote is expected in the Senate.
New York City residents flooded Times Square to protest any possible strike while anti-war activists outside the White House urged Congress not to authorize military action.
Meanwhile, Pope Francis called for a global day of fasting and prayer for Syrian peace and opposition to military intervention in the country.
Cyril Aphrem Karim, archbishop of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Teaneck, says that he will continue to pray that peace will prevail.
New Jersey is home to thousands of native Syrians, many of whom still have relatives in their home country.