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March 28th, 2011
06:09 PM ET

Americans split on Libyan involvement

Libyans gather around the wreckage of a US F-15 fighter jet in Ghot Sultan, south-east of Benghazi on March 22nd after crashing while on a mission against Moammar Gadhafi's forces.

Libyans gather around the wreckage of a US F-15 fighter jet in Ghot Sultan, south-east of Benghazi on March 22nd after crashing while on a mission against Moammar Gadhafi's forces.

Gabriella Schwarz
CNN Associate Producer

Americans remain divided over support for the military operation in Libya, according to a new poll.

In the Pew Research Center survey released Monday, 47 percent of those surveyed think airstrikes were the right decision, 36 percent think they were the wrong decision and 17 percent did not know.

The division remains when broken down by political party. Fifty-four percent of Republicans, 49 percent of Democrats and 44 percent of independents said the airstrikes were the right decision.

When asked if the United States and its allies have a clear goal for the military action in the African country, 50 percent said no, 39 percent said yes and 11 percent did not know. Forty-one percent of Republicans, 48 percent of Democrats and 35 percent of independents said the troops have a clear goal.

Sixty percent of those surveyed said military involvement will last for some time compared with 33 percent who said action will end quickly and seven percent who did not know.

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  1. cindi

    Hindsight is 20/20. Had Obama intervened immediately in Libya he would have been criticized for not allowing Libya the chance to sort out its own problems. Now we are there for,he states, to stop human suffering and torture.Im sure he will be criticized for this, also.If these same people who so easily criticize had family in libya they would be begging Obama to intervene. No human should be denied the right for the pursuit of happiness & freedom, these are the principals america was founded on. After the atrocities that occured in Rwanda, are we not to learn from our mistakes?

    March 28, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
  2. ron hayes

    How many Vietnams does
    It take befor enough is enough

    March 28, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  3. Patrick

    Obama's political almost universal mandate when he was elected was to shut down Guantanamo, withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan and to tackle the severe economic problems of the USA. Now the USA is involved in another war that the American and British people – of which I'm one – did not ask or vote for.

    Muhammar Gadhafi was brought in from the cold by the West after handing in his WMD and what is going on there is a local civil war, nothing at all to do with the international community. If it were, then why have qe not intervened in Bahrain, Yemen, Syria and ther countries? What happens when the rebels start killing civilians who support Gadhafi – do we bomb the rebels for killing these civilians? We will have to explain these double standards.

    March 28, 2011 at 7:40 pm |