there was an independent opinion poll at the start that said exactly that. That more than half of Syrians thought he was the lesser of two evils. But the West's politicians and media weren't interested in evidence like that that conflicted with what they "knew" was true. Like they "knew" Saddam had WMDs. If Assad was as unpopular as people in the West are being told he would have gone under long before this.
Middle East quartet reportedly set to meet during UN General Assembly (dpa)