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55% Say U.S. Military Involvement in Libya Unlikely To End This Year

Most voters now expect the U.S. military’s role in Libya to last beyond this year.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 36% of Likely U.S. Voters believe it is even somewhat likely that U.S. military involvement in Libya will be over by the end of the year. Fifty-five percent (55%) hold the opposite view and think the U.S. role is unlikely to end by December 31.

Those figures include 13% who say it’s Very Likely and 17% who say it’s Not At All Likely. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

The Political Class is more optimistic. Fifty-two percent (52%) of Political Class voters think it’s likely U.S. military involvement in Libya will be over by the end of the year. Sixty-three percent (63%) of Mainstream voters don’t share that assessment. But then the Political Class has been a much bigger supporter of the Libyan action all along.

A modest plurality (41%) of all voters believe the U.S. commitment to the political uprising in Libya is about right.  But one-in-three voters (32%) feel the United States is doing too much when it comes to the situation in Libya. Just 13% say America is not doing enough, while 14% more are not sure.

Support for continuing U.S. military operations in Libya is holding steady from two weeks ago after a drop-off in support from just after the mission began last month. But voters remain almost evenly divided over U.S. military involvement in the Libyan political crisis, with 39% in favor of President Obama’s decision to take military action there and 37% opposed.

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