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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