63% Think It’s Likely Gaddafi Will Be Removed From Power
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.
(Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.
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.
Want to read more?
Become a Rasmussen Reader to read the article
Have an account?Log In
Become a ReaderSubscribe
Rasmussen Reports is a media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion information.
We conduct public opinion polls on a variety of topics to inform our audience on events in the news and other topics of interest. To ensure editorial control and independence, we pay for the polls ourselves and generate revenue through the sale of subscriptions, sponsorships, and advertising. Nightly polling on politics, business and lifestyle topics provides the content to update the Rasmussen Reports web site many times each day. If it's in the news, it's in our polls. Additionally, the data drives a daily update newsletter and various media outlets across the country.
Some information, including the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll and commentaries are available for free to the general public. Subscriptions are available for $4.95 a month or 34.95 a year that provide subscribers with exclusive access to more than 20 stories per week on upcoming elections, consumer confidence, and issues that affect us all. For those who are really into the numbers, Platinum Members can review demographic crosstabs and a full history of our data.
To learn more about our methodology, click here.