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Poll: Most Americans opposed to Libya war
Thu Mar 31, 2011 3:52PM
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A new survey has found that most Americans are opposed to a U.S. military intervention in Libya to remove Muammar Gaddafi and say that President Barack Obama has not clearly stated U.S. goals for Libya.


From March 22 - 28, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,069 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.2 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones. The result goes as follows:


Voters oppose 47 - 41 percent America's involvement in Libya. In the survey which concluded on Monday evening as President Obama was addressing the nation about Libya, voters say 58 - 29 percent that he has not clearly stated U.S. goals for Libya.


They say 48 - 41 percent the U.S. should not use military force to remove Muammar Gaddafi from power.


Seventy-four percent of voters are "very concerned" or "somewhat concerned" that the U.S. will get embroiled in a long-term military conflict in Libya.




The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research.


The Obama Administration took the United States to war against Libya without bothering to notify Congress, much less obtain a constitutionally-mandated declaration of war. The Hill


As a candidate in 2007, then-Sen. Obama said a president could not unilaterally authorize military action without Congress' consent. That's just what he's now doing in Libya.


The United States and its allies have run into some criticism for the intensity of the firepower unleashed on Libya.


House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday (March 23) sharpened his criticism of President Barack Obama's handling of military operations in Libya, pressing Obama over the mission's cost, leadership and exit strategy. Reuters


Newt Gingrich, former U.S. House speaker and potential presidential candidate accused Obama of going to war without having a real consultation with Congress.


[According to the Defense Department] the first 10 days of the campaign cost the Pentagon $550 million.



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