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20% Now Support U.S. Military Action in Libya

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Voter support for continued military action in Libya continues to fall along with the number of voters who think dictator Moammar Gaddafi will be removed from power as a result.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that just 20% now believe the United States should continue its military action in Libya. Fifty-two percent (52%) oppose further military action there, while another 28% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

Support for continued military action in Libya is at a new low, down from 24% in July  and 26% in June. This also marks the first time a majority of voters oppose continued military action in the North African nation.

Just 33% of voters now give the Obama administration good or excellent marks for its handling of the Libya situation, down from 36% last month and the lowest positive rating since the president announced his decision to get involved in March. Nearly the same number (31%) gives the administration a poor rating on the situation there.

A majority of voters (54%) think it’s at least somewhat likely that Gaddafi will be removed from power as a result of U.S. efforts in Libya, but that number is down from 63% in May and 62% in March. Still, only 26% say it’s not likely Gaddafi will be removed from power, with only three percent (3%) who say this result is Not At All Likely to happen. Another 14% aren’t sure.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 15-16, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.


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