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28% Say Libya Important To U.S. National Security, 42% Disagree

Friday, March 25, 2011

While the Obama administration presses on with the military mission in Libya, few voters view the North African country as important to America’s own security.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 28% of Likely U.S. Voters think Libya is a vital national security interest for the United States these days. Forty-two percent (42%) disagree and say Libya is not important to U.S. national security, while a sizable 29% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

A plurality (45%) also thinks the United States should not get involved in conflicts like Libya for humanitarian reasons when the situation does not directly threaten this country. But 35% feel the United States should get involved in conflicts for humanitarian reasons even when there is no direct national security interest at stake. Twenty percent (20%) are undecided.

Forty-five percent (45%) of Likely Voters support President Obama’s decision to use the U.S. military to help rebels in Libya, but slightly more (47%) think the president should have gotten Congress’ approval first.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on March 22-23, 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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