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45% Support U.S. Military Action in Libya, 34% Oppose, 21% Undecided

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Voters have mixed feelings about President Obama's decision to use the U.S. military to help rebels in Libya and nearly half agree that he should have gotten Congress' okay first.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters support the president's decision to take military action in Libya. Thirty-four percent (34%) disagree with that decision, and another 21% are not sure about it. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Fifty-five percent (55%) of Democrats and a plurality (42%) of voters not affiliated with either major party support the president's decision to use U.S. military force in Libya. Just 36% of Republicans share that view.

Liberals agree more strongly with the president's action than do moderates and conservatives.

Among all voters, 47% think the president should have gotten congressional approval before ordering the military into action in Libya. Thirty-four percent (34%) say the prior approval of Congress was not necessary, but 19% more are undecided.

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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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