[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2011/images/03/23/t1larg.uslibya2.jpg caption="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." width=300 height=169]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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