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63% Think It’s Likely Gaddafi Will Be Removed From Power

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Most voters still expect Libyan Ruler Moammar Gaddafi will be removed from power as a result of military action now being taken by the United States and other countries. But there has been virtually no change in this expectation since Osama bin Laden was killed.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that 63% believe it is at least somewhat likely that Gaddafi will be removed from power as a result of the military action now being taken by the United States and other countries. Just 21% disagree and say it’s not likely. Those figures include 24% who say Gaddafi’s removal from power is Very Likely and only three percent (3%) say it is Not At All Likely. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Those figures show little change from public attitudes in March.

Democrats are more convinced that Gadaffi will go than Republicans and voters not affiliated with either major party.

Overall, 41% of voters agree with President Obama’s decision to take military action in Libya, while 33% disagree with that decision. Another 26% are undecided.

Voters were more evenly divided on the question in April, when 39% supported the president’s decision and 37% did not. In March, 45% supported military action and 34% did not.

Prior to the president’s decision to take military action, 63% said the U.S. should not get involved in Libya. Similar attitudes are currently held about potential U.S. involvement in Syria.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on May 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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