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Pew Research says over 4 in 10 Americans think Libya military action is right

March 29, 2011 - Washington

New data from the Pew Research Center shows that 47 percent of Americans, or over 4 in 10, thinks that the US military air strikes in Libya were right.

Another 36 percent have said that it was the wrong decision and 17 percent are unsure.

Further, according to the Washington Post, just 39 percent thinks the United States has a clear goal for taking action in Libya.

Even among Democrats, just under half think the air strikes are the right decision or see a clear plan.

Support for the air strikes is slightly higher among Republicans at 54 percent than it is among Democrats or independents (at 49 and 44 percent, respectively).

More than half of Republicans (52 percent) and independents (57 percent) see no clear plan for the engagement, with a relatively high number of Democrats (43 percent) saying the same.

Fully 60 percent in the Pew poll think the military involvement in Libya will last "some time" versus 33 percent who think it will be over pretty quickly.


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