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CNN/ORC Poll. May 29-June 1, 2014. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"As you may know, in 2012, terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in a town in Libya named Benghazi and killed the U.S. ambassador to that country and three other U.S. citizens. Based on what you have read or heard, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way the Obama administration has handled this matter?"
2012 & 2013: "As you may know, in September, terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Libya and killed the U.S. ambassador to that country and three other U.S. citizens. Based on what you have read or heard, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way the Obama administration has handled this matter in the past few months?"

 
    Satisfied Dissatisfied Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/29 - 6/1/14

37

60

4

 

 

 

5/17-18/13

42

53

5

 

 

 

12/17-18/12

43

50

7

 

 

 

11/16-18/12

40

54

6

 

 

             

"And thinking specifically about Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time of the attack in Benghazi, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way Clinton has handled this matter?"

 
    Satisfied Dissatisfied Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/29 - 6/1/14

43

55

3

 

 

             

"When it comes to providing information about the Benghazi attack, do you think the Obama administration has generally been honest or dishonest?"

 
    Honest Dishonest Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/29 - 6/1/14

37

61

2

 

 

             

"When it comes to the congressional hearings on the Benghazi attack, do you think Republicans have gone too far or do you think Republicans have handled the hearings appropriately?"

 
    Have gone
too far
Have handled
appropriately
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/29 - 6/1/14

44

48

8

 

 


 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. May 29-June 1, 2014. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"An attack in September 2012 in Benghazi, Libya, killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. Do you support an additional congressional investigation into the way the Obama administration handled this incident, or do you think it's been investigated enough?"

 
    Support
additional
investigation
It's been
investigated
enough
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/29 - 6/1/14

51

42

7

 

 

             

"Do you think the Obama administration has honestly disclosed what it knows about what occurred in Benghazi or has tried to cover up the facts?" Options rotated
5/13: "Do you think the Obama administration is honestly disclosing what it knows about what occurred in Benghazi, or is trying to cover up the facts?"

 
    Honestly
disclosed
Tried to
cover up
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/29 - 6/1/14

32

58

10

 

 

 

5/16-19/13

33

55

13

 

 

             

"The Benghazi attack occurred when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. Do you approve or disapprove of the way she handled this incident?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/29 - 6/1/14

37

50

13

 

 


 

Quinnipiac University. Jan. 4-7, 2014. N=1,487 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.5.

             

"Do you think the Obama administration deliberately misled the American people about the events surrounding the death of the American ambassador to Libya, or do you believe the Obama administration shared the facts with the American people as they became available?"

 
    Deliberately
misled
Shared facts
as became
available
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

1/4-7/14

52

37

11

 

 

 

5/22-28/13

46

40

13

 

 

 

11/28 - 12/3/12

41

47

12

 

 


 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. May 16-19, 2013. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Republicans in Congress have criticized the way the Obama administration handled the attack that killed a U.S. ambassador in Benghazi, Libya, last fall. Do you think Republicans in Congress are raising legitimate concerns, or are they just political posturing?" Options rotated

 
    Legitimate
concerns
Political
posturing
Both (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/16-19/13

44

45

2

9

 


 

USA Today Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. May 16-19, 2013. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.6.

             

"As you may know, terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last year, killing the U.S. ambassador and three other U.S. citizens. Based on what you have read or heard, do you think the Obama Administration was involved in a political cover-up about the attack, or do you believe that there was no political cover-up?"

 
    Involved in
a cover-up
There was
no cover-up
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

5/16-19/13

40

45

15

 

 

             

"Based on what you know about the Congressional hearings on the Benghazi attack, do you think Republicans have been using the hearings more to find ways to prevent future attacks, or have they been using the hearings more to score political points against the Democrats and President Obama?"

 
    Prevent
attacks
Score
points
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

5/16-19/13

20

59

21

 

 

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of President Obama's handling of the Benghazi attack and its aftermath over the past several months?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

5/16-19/13

37

44

19

 

 


 

CNN/ORC Poll. May 17-18, 2013. N=923 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"As you may know, immediately after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, some Obama administration officials made inaccurate public statements about that incident. Which of the following statements comes closer to your view? Those statements were an attempt by the Obama administration to intentionally mislead the American public about that attack. Those statements reflected what the Obama administration believed at the time had occurred based on the unclassified information available."

 
    An attempt
to mislead
What the
administration
believed
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/17-18/13

44

50

6

 

 

 

12/17-18/12

40

56

4

 

 

 

11/16-18/12

40

54

6

 

 

             

"Thinking specifically about the inaccurate statements made by the Obama administration and not about the initial attack which occurred in Libya, how important an issue do you think this is to the nation: very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important?"

 
    Very
important
Somewhat
important
Not too
important
Not at all
important
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/17-18/13

55

29

10

4

2

             

"Do you think the U.S. government could or could not have prevented the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya?"

 
    Could have
prevented
Could not have
prevented
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/17-18/13

59

36

5

 

 

 

11/16-18/12

48

42

9

 

 

             

"Do you think the Republicans in Congress are overreacting to this matter or are they reacting appropriately?"

 
    Overreacting Reacting
appropriately
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/17-18/13

37

59

4

 

 


 

Gallup Poll. May 14-15, 2013. N=1,022 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Congress is currently holdings hearings to investigate the circumstances surrounding last year's attack on an American diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, and is also investigating the Obama administration's public statements about that attack. How closely have you followed the Benghazi congressional hearings: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?"

 
    Very
closely
Somewhat
closely
Not too
closely
Not
at all
 
    % % % %  
 

5/14-15/13

21

32

22

24

 

             

"Do you agree or disagree that the issues being raised in the Benghazi hearings involve serious matters that need to be investigated?" If agree or disagree: "Do you feel strongly about that, or not strongly?"

 
    Agree,
strongly
Agree,
not strongly
Disagree,
not strongly
Disagree,
strongly
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/14-15/13

52

17

7

14

10


 

Pew Research Center. May 9-12, 2013. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.7.

             

"As I read a list of some stories covered by news organizations this past week, please tell me if you happened to follow each news story very closely, fairly closely, not too closely, or not at all closely. Congressional hearings about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya."

 
    Very
closely
Fairly
closely
Not too
closely
Not at all
closely
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

5/9-12/13

23

21

24

32

1

             

"Do you think news organizations are giving too much coverage, too little coverage or the right amount of coverage to each of the following? Congressional hearings about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya."

 
    Too much Too little The right
amount
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

5/9-12/13

17

34

33

17

 

             

"Thinking about the Benghazi attack and the Congressional hearings on this subject: When it comes to providing information about the Benghazi attack, do you think the Obama administration has generally been honest or dishonest?" Options rotated

 
    Honest Dishonest Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

5/9-12/13

37

40

23

 

 

             

"When it comes to the Congressional hearings on the Benghazi attack, do you think Republicans have gone too far, or do you think Republicans have handled the hearings appropriately?" Options rotated

 
    Gone
too far
Handled
appropriately
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

5/9-12/13

36

34

30

 

 


 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Oct. 17-20, 2012. N=1,000 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Based on what you seen, read, and heard about the attack on the American consulate in Libya, do you think the United States could have prevented or could not have prevented this attack or do you not know enough to have an opinion?"

 
    Could have
prevented
Could not
have
Do not know
enough
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

10/17-20/12

39

26

34

1

 


 

Pew Research Center. Oct. 12-14, 2012. N=1,006 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.7.

             

"Thinking about the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya last month in which a U.S. ambassador was killed: From what you've seen and heard, do you approve or disapprove of how the Obama administration has handled this situation?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/12-14/12

35

38

27

 

 


 

CBS News Poll. Nov. 6-10, 2011. N=1,182 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you think the U.S. did the right thing by taking part in the military conflict in Libya, or should the U.S. have not gotten involved in Libya?"

 
    Did the
right thing
Should not
have gotten
involved
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

37

49

14

 

 

 

Republicans

40

50

10

 

 

 

Democrats

39

47

14

 

 

 

Independents

34

49

17

 

 


 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). Oct. 23-25, 2011. N=904 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Now that Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi has been killed, how confident are you that the people who removed him will cooperate and work with the United States: very confident, somewhat confident, not very confident, or not at all confident?"

 
    Very
confident
Somewhat
confident
Not very
confident
Not at all
confident
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

10/23-25/11

4

34

35

21

5


 

Pew Research Center. Sept. 1-4, 2011. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"All things considered, do you think that the U.S. and its allies made the right decision or the wrong decision to conduct military airstrikes in Libya?"

 
    Right
decision
Wrong
decision
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/1-4/11

44

33

23

 

 

 

4/7-10/11

45

37

19

 

 

 

3/30 - 4/3/11

50

37

13

 

 

 

3/24-27/11

47

36

17

 

 

             

"And in general, do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Libya?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/1-4/11

49

32

19

 

 

 

3/30 - 4/3/11

41

46

13

 

 


 

CNN/ORC Poll. Aug. 24-25, 2011. N=1,017 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Libya?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/24-25/11

52

40

8

 

 

 

5/24-26/11

45

48

7

 

 

 

3/18-20/11

50

41

9

 

 

 

3/11-13/11

45

40

15

 

 

             

"Do you favor or oppose the U.S. military action in Libya?"
7/11: "Do you favor or oppose the current U.S. military action in Libya?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/24-25/11

54

43

3

 

 

 

7/18-20/11

35

60

5

 

 

             

"Do you think the removal of Moammar Gadhafi from power would be a major achievement for the United States, a minor achievement, or not an achievement at all?" N=504 (Version A), margin of error 4.5

 
    Major Minor Not at all Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

8/24-25/11

35

43

20

1

 

             

"Do you think the outcome of the air strikes in Libya represents a victory for the United States, or not?" N=513 (Version B), margin of error 4.5

 
    A victory Not a
victory
Too soon to
tell (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

8/24-25/11

34

60

4

2

 

             

"Thinking about the current situation in Libya, do you personally feel each of the following? . . ."

 
    Yes, feel No, do not Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"Worried about what lies ahead in Libya"

 

8/24-25/11

62

37

-

 

 

             
 

"Relieved"

 

8/24-25/11

50

48

2

 

 

             
 

"Pleased"

 

8/24-25/11

47

52

2

 

 

             
 

"Proud"

 

8/24-25/11

32

65

3

 

 

             

"How confident are you that each of the following will happen in Libya: very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not confident at all? . . ."

 
    Very
confident
Somewhat
confident
Not too
confident
Not confident
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 
 

"Moammar Gadhafi will be captured or killed"

 

8/24-25/11

36

44

13

6

1

             
 

"Any chemical weapons that Gadhafi's forces had will be found and turned over to international authorities"

 

8/24-25/11

15

35

30

19

1

             
 

"The U.S. and its allies can prevent al Qaeda or other terrorist groups from establishing a new base of operations in Libya"

 

8/24-25/11

14

35

30

19

1

             
 

"A stable democratic government will be established in Libya"

 

8/24-25/11

9

36

35

19

1

             

"Just your best guess: What do you think will happen in Tripoli and other areas of Libya in the next few weeks? Do you think it is more likely that civil order will be restored, or do you think it is more likely that there will be the kind of widespread violence that Iraq experienced after Saddam Hussein was removed from power in 2003?"

 
    Civil order Widespread
violence
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/24-25/11

30

67

3

 

 

             

"Do you think the U.S. should be involved in Libya's attempts to form a civilian government and restore order in that country, or do you think the people of Libya should do that on their own with no assistance from the United States?"

 
    U.S. should
be involved
No assistance
from the U.S.
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/24-25/11

32

67

1

 

 

             

"Do you favor or oppose the commitment of U.S. financial aid to help rebuild Libya's business and educational infrastructure?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/24-25/11

26

73

1

 

 

             

"As a result of the recent confrontation in Libya and the way it has been resolved, do you think the United States now appears stronger or weaker to the rest of the world?"

 
    Stronger Weaker No change
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

8/24-25/11

53

32

12

3

 


 

Quinnipiac University Poll. July 5-11, 2011. N=2,311 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Libya?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/5-11/11

38

44

18

 

 

 

5/31 - 6/6/11

41

43

15

 

 

 

5/2-3/11

45

40

15

 

 

 

4/26 - 5/1/11

41

48

11

 

 

 

3/22-28/11

41

45

14

 

 

             

"Do you think the U.S. is doing the right thing by using military force in Libya now, or should the U.S. not be involved in Libya now?"

 
    Doing the
right thing
Should not
be involved
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/5-11/11

32

56

13

 

 

 

5/31 - 6/6/11

35

54

11

 

 

 

5/2-3/11

39

48

12

 

 

 

4/26 - 5/1/11

37

53

10

 

 

 

3/22-28/11

41

47

12

 

 

             

"Do you think President Obama should have requested approval from Congress for the U.S. involvement in Libya or not?"

 
    Should
have
Should
not have
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/5-11/11

62

31

7

 

 


 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. June 24-28, 2011. N=979 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you think the U.S. is doing the right thing by taking part in the current military conflict in Libya now, or should the U.S. not be involved in Libya now?"

 
    Doing the
right thing
Should not
be involved
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/24-28/11

29

59

12

 

 

 

6/3-7/11

30

59

11

 

 

             

"Some people say that in order to continue U.S. military action in Libya now, the President must get authorization from Congress, because of a law called the War Powers Act. Other people say the action in Libya is not really a war as described in the War Powers Act, and so the President does not need any authorization from Congress right now. Which comes closer to your opinion? Regardless of whether you think the U.S. should be involved in Libya, do you think the President should have to get congressional authorization in order to continue the action, or don't you think the President should have to do this right now?"

 
    Should get
authorization
Should not
have to get
authorization
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/24-28/11

61

32

7

 

 


 

Gallup Poll. June 22, 2011. N=999 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4. Interviews conducted as part of Gallup Daily tracking.

             

"Next we have a question about the current military action by the United States and other countries against Libya. Do you approve or disapprove of the current U.S. military actions against Libya?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/22/11

39

46

15

 

 

 

3/21/11

47

37

16

 

 

             
 

If approve of U.S. military actions:
"Do you think the U.S. military action in Libya should continue until Libyan president Moammar Gadhafi is removed from power, or not?" N=414, margin of error
6

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/22/11

85

12

3

 

 

             
 

If disapprove of U.S. military actions:
"Do you disapprove mainly because you do not think the U.S. should be involved in military action in Libya at all or because you do not think President Obama obtained the necessary approval from Congress for the military action?" Options rotated. N=455, margin of error
6.

 
    Should not
be involved
at all
Did not get
necessary
approval
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/22/11

64

29

7

 

 


 

Time Poll conducted by Abt SRBI. June 20-21, 2011. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"The President, as the Constitution's commander-in-chief, recently committed the U.S. to provide support to the NATO mission in Libya to protect Libyan citizens from attacks by government forces. However, the Constitution gives the power to declare war to Congress. Does the President have the constitutional authority to involve the military in Libya without Congressional approval, even if the troops are just supporting the NATO mission and are not on the ground in Libya?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/20-21/11

44

50

6

 

 


 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). June 9-13, 2011. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Libya?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/9-13/11

46

36

18

 

 

 

3/31 - 4/4/11

54

40

6

 

 

 

2/24-28/11

48

26

26

 

 

             

"Do you think United States should or should not remain engaged in the military operations conducted by NATO in Libya until President Muammar Gaddafi has been removed from power?" Half sample

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/9-13/11

51

36

13

 

 


 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). June 5-7, 2011. N=912 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you think Barack Obama should ask Congress for its consent for the U.S. mission in Libya, or not?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/5-7/11

59

28

13

 

 

             

"Do you favor or oppose the U.S. military involvement in Libya?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/5-7/11

30

58

12

 

 

             

"Do you think the Obama administration has clearly explained what the United States is trying to achieve in Libya?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/5-7/11

27

67

7

 

 

 

4/3-5/11

35

61

4

 

 

             

"Do you favor or oppose the U.S. and NATO military forces making it a priority to immediately remove Muammar al-Qaddafi from power"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/5-7/11

53

31

16

 

 


 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. June 2-5, 2011. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling the situation in Libya?" Half sample

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/2-5/11

44

41

15

 

 

 

4/14-17/11

42

49

9

 

 

 

3/10-13/11

45

34

21

 

 

             

"A coalition of international forces has been enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya, and attacking Libyan forces when they're believed to be threatening civilians. Do you support or oppose the participation of U.S. military aircraft in this effort?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/2-5/11

58

37

5

 

 

 

4/14-17/11

56

40

4

 

 

             
 

If support U.S. participation:
"Should this military action be carried out only to protect Libyan civilians, or should it also seek to remove Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi from power?"
Options rotated

 
    Only to
protect
civilians
Also to
remove
Gaddafi
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/2-5/11

45

50

5

 

 

 

4/14-17/11

40

58

2

 

 

             
 

If support U.S. participation:
"Do you think the level of U.S. military involvement in the situation with Libya should be increased, decreased, or kept about the same as it is now?"

 
    Increased Decreased Kept about
the same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/2-5/11

15

11

71

3

 

 

4/14-17/11

18

11

68

3

 


 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. May 24-26, 2011. N=1,007 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Libya?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/24-26/11

45

48

7

 

 

 

3/18-20/11

50

41

9

 

 

 

3/11-13/11

45

40

15

 

 

             

"Do you favor or oppose the limited use of military force by the United States in Libya as part of the NATO mission to enforce United Nations resolutions?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/24-26/11

54

43

3

 

 

             

"As far as you are concerned, should the removal of Moammar Gadhafi from power in Libya be a very important foreign policy goal of the U.S., a somewhat important goal, not too important, or not an important goal at all?"

 
    Very
important
Somewhat
important
Not too
important
Not important
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/24-26/11

31

37

15

16

2

 

4/9-10/11

28

45

12

14

1

 

3/18-20/11

34

43

13

10

-

 

3/11-13/11

24

47

15

12

2

             

"In your view, who should have the final authority for deciding whether the United States should continue its use of military force in Libya: Congress or President Obama?"

 
    Congress President
Obama
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/24-26/11

55

42

2

1

 


 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. April 15-20, 2011. N=1,224 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Libya?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/15-20/11

39

45

16

 

 

 

3/18-21/11

50

29

21

 

 


 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). March 31-April 4, 2011. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Let me read you a number of decisions that President Obama and his administration have made in the past few months. For each tell me if you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove. Supporting a no-fly zone in Libya with U.S. military support."

 
    Strongly
approve
Somewhat
approve
Somewhat
disapprove
Strongly
disapprove
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/31 - 4/4/11

31

35

13

17

4

             

"Looking at how things stand in Libya today, do you feel that the decision for American forces to engage in military action was the right decision or do you feel it was the wrong decision?"

 
    Right
decision
Wrong
decision
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/31 - 4/4/11

52

41

7

 

 


 

Pew Research Center. March 30-April 3, 2011. N=1,507 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"All things considered, do you think that the U.S. and its allies made the right decision or the wrong decision to conduct military airstrikes in Libya?"

 
    Right
decision
Wrong
decision
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/30 - 4/3/11

50

37

13

 

 

 

Republicans

47

41

 

 

 

 

Democrats

59

29

 

 

 

 

Independents

45

42

 

 

 

             
 

3/24-27/11

47

36

17

 

 

 

Republicans

54

29

 

 

 

 

Democrats

49

36

 

 

 

 

Independents

44

41

 

 

 

             

"Do you think the U.S. and its allies have a clear goal in taking military action in Libya, or not?"

 
    Have a
clear goal
Do not have
a clear goal
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/30 - 4/3/11

30

57

12

 

 

 

3/24-27/11

39

50

11

 

 

             

"Would you favor or oppose the U.S. and its allies sending arms and military supplies to anti-government groups in Libya?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/30 - 4/3/11

25

66

9

 

 


 

AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications. March 24-28, 2011. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.2.

             

"How important are the following issues to you personally: not at all important, slightly important, moderately important, very important or extremely important? How about the situation in Libya?"

 
    Extremely
important
Very
important
Moderately
important
Slightly
important
Not at all
important
    % % % % %
 

3/24-28/11

18

26

32

14

7

             

"And please tell me if you approve, disapprove or neither approve nor disapprove the way Barack Obama is handling each of the following issues. How about the situation in Libya?" If neither or unsure: "If you had to choose, do you lean more toward approving or disapproving of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Libya?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Neither Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/24-28/11

54

43

2

1

 

             

"In general, do you think it should or should not be the role of the United States to promote the establishment of democratic governments in other countries?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/24-28/11

32

64

4

 

 

             

"Do you approve, disapprove or neither approve nor disapprove of U.S. involvement in military actions taken in Libya?" If neither or unsure: "If you had to choose, do you lean more toward approving or disapproving of U.S. involvement in military actions taken in Libya?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Neither Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/24-28/11

48

50

1

1

 

             

"Would you favor, oppose or neither favor nor oppose the U.S. sending ground troops into Libya?"

 
    Favor Oppose Neither Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/24-28/11

13

78

8

1

 

             

"Would you favor, oppose or neither favor nor oppose the U.S. taking increased military action against Libya to remove Moammar Gadhafi from power?"

 
    Favor Oppose Neither Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/24-28/11

55

33

10

2

 

             

"How likely do you think it is that the U.S. military involvement in Libya will become a long-term commitment of forces: extremely likely, very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely or not at all likely?"

 
    Extremely
likely
Very likely Somewhat
likely
Not too
likely
Not at all
likely
    % % % % %
 

3/24-28/11

15

18

42

18

7

             

"How confident are you that the military action underway in Libya will result in the establishment of a stable, democratic government there: extremely confident, very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident or not at all confident?"

 
    Extremely
confident
Very
confident
Somewhat
confident
Not too
confident
Not at all
confident
    % % % % %
 

3/24-28/11

2

5

34

31

28


 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. March 25-27, 2011. N=1,027 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Libya?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/25-27/11

44

44

12

 

 

             

"How closely are you following the news about the situation in Libya: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?"

 
    Very
closely
Somewhat
closely
Not too
closely
Not at all  
    % % % %  
 

3/25-27/11

28

43

21

8

 

             

"Now, we have a question about the military campaign being conducted in Libya by the United States and other countries. Do you think the goal of these actions should be limited to enforcing a no-fly zone and weakening the Libyan government's military capabilities, or should it be expanded to include the removal of Libyan president Moammar Qaddafi from power?" Options rotated. N=500 (Form A), MoE 5

 
    No-fly zone,
weakening
military
Removal of
Qaddafi
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/25-27/11

45

44

11

 

 

             

"Now, we have a question about the military campaign being conducted in Libya by the United States and other countries. Do you think the United States should take the leading role in this campaign, take a major role but not the leading role, take a minor role, or withdraw from this campaign entirely?" Options rotated. N=527 (Form B), MoE 5

 
    Leading
role
Major but not
leading role
Minor role Withdraw Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/25-27/11

10

29

36

22

4


 

Pew Research Center. March 24-27, 2011. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"From what you have heard and read, do you think the U.S. involvement in military action in Libya will last for some time or will be over pretty quickly?" Options rotated

 
    Last for
some time
Over pretty
quickly
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/24-27/11

60

33

7

 

 

             

"Is it your impression that the U.S. is leading the military action in Libya, or is the U.S. just one of a coalition of countries that are involved?"

 
    U.S. is
leading
Just one of
a coalition
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/24-27/11

35

57

8

 

 

             

"In your view, should the aim of the military action by the U.S. and its allies in Libya include removing Muammar Qaddafi from power, or should they focus only on protecting Libyan civilians from violence?"

 
    Removing
Qaddafi
Protecting
civilians only
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/24-27/11

46

43

11

 

 


 

CBS News Poll. March 2011. Adults nationwide.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Libya?" March 18-21, 2011. N=1,022. Margin of error 3.

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/18-21/11

50

29

21

 

 

             

"How closely have you been following news about the recent uprising in Libya against the government of Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi: very closely, somewhat closely, not very closely, or not at all?" March 18-21, 2011. N=1,022. Margin of error 3.

 
    Very closely Somewhat
closely
Not very
closely
Not at all Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/18-21/11

22

39

25

13

1

             

"How important to the interests of the United States is what happens in Libya: very important, somewhat important, or not very important?" March 18-21, 2011. N=1,022. Margin of error 3.

 
    Very
important
Somewhat
important
Not very
important
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/18-21/11

38

44

14

4

 

             

"As you may know, the U.S. military and other countries have begun cruise missile and air strikes in Libya in order to protect civilians from attacks by Qaddafi's forces. Do you approve or disapprove of the U.S. and other countries taking this military action in Libya?" March 20-21, 2011. N=622.

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/20-21/11

68

26

6

 

 

 

Republicans

70

19

11

 

 

 

Democrats

70

25

5

 

 

 

Independents

65

30

5

 

 

             

"How effective do you think the cruise missile and air strikes by the U.S. and other countries will be in protecting civilians from Qaddafi's forces: very effective, somewhat effective, not very effective or not effective at all?" March 20-21, 2011. N=622.

 
    Very
effective
Somewhat
effective
Not very
effective
Not effective
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/20-21/11

20

54

12

6

8


 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. March 18-20, 2011. N=1,012 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Some people have suggested establishing a 'no-fly' zone in Libya which would be an area patrolled by military planes from the U.S. and other countries to prevent Gadhafi from using his air force. No U.S. ground troops would be involved but U.S. airplanes or missiles might be used to shoot down Libyan airplanes or attack ground bases used by the Libyan air force. Would you favor or oppose the U.S. and other countries attempting to establish a no-fly zone in Libya?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/18-20/11

70

27

3

 

 

 

3/11-13/11

56

40

4

 

 

             

"The military actions to create a 'no-fly zone' might not be directly targeted at Gadhafi's troops who are fighting the opposition forces in Libya. Would you favor or oppose the U.S. and other countries using planes and missiles to directly attack Gadhafi's troops in Libya?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/18-20/11

54

43

3

 

 

             

"And would you favor or oppose the U.S. and other countries using ground troops to directly attack Gadhafi's troops in Libya?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/18-20/11

28

70

1

 

 

             

"As far as you are concerned, should protecting civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack from Gadhafi's military forces be a very important foreign policy goal of the U.S., a somewhat important goal, not too important, or not an important goal at all?"

 
    Very
important
Somewhat
important
Not too
important
Not important
at all
 
    % % % %  
 

3/18-20/11

44

39

10

7

 

             

"Regarding the situation in Libya, how confident are you that each of the following will happen? Are you very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not confident at all? . . ."

 
    Very
confident
Somewhat
confident
Not too
confident
Not confident
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 
 

"The U.S. will be able to accomplish its goals with very few or no American casualties"

 

3/18-20/11

18

41

24

16

2

             
 

"The U.S. effort to protect civilians from Gadhafi's military forces will succeed"

 

3/18-20/11

22

48

19

9

2

             
 

"The U.S. will be able to accomplish its goals WITHOUT sending in U.S. ground troops"

 

3/18-20/11

18

37

27

15

2

             
 

"Moammar Gadhafi will be removed from power in Libya"

 

3/18-20/11

29

46

16

7

2


 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). March 14-16, 2011. N=913 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of how the Obama administration is dealing with the situation in Libya?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/14-16/11

43

35

21

 

 

             

"Do you favor or oppose the U.S. military getting involved with the situation in Libya?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/14-16/11

25

65

9

 

 


 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. March 11-13, 2011. N=1,023 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"We'd like to get your overall opinion of some people in the news. As I read each name, please say if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of these people -- or if you have never heard of them. Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi."

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Never
heard of
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/11-13/11

3

76

14

7

 

             

"In general, how concerned are you about the situation in Libya: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not very concerned, or not concerned at all?"

 
    Very
concerned
Somewhat
concerned
Not very
concerned
Not concerned
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/11-13/11

31

48

12

9

1

             

"Would you favor or oppose the U.S. and other countries using planes and missiles to conduct military strikes against Gadhafi's forces without attempting to establish a no-fly zone?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/11-13/11

32

62

6

 

 

             

"Would you favor or oppose the U.S. and other countries sending arms and supplies to the people who are fighting to remove Gadhafi from power?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/11-13/11

53

43

4

 

 

             

"Would you favor or oppose the U.S. and other countries sending ground troops to Libya?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/11-13/11

22

76

2

 

 

             

"Do you think the United States should take a leading role in any attempts to resolve the situation in Libya, or do you think the U.S. should leave it to international organizations or allies such as Great Britain or France to take the leading role in Libya?"

 
    U.S. take a
leading role
Leave it
to others
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/11-13/11

23

74

4

 

 

             

"And just your best guess: How likely do you think it is that the Libyans who are fighting against Moammar Gadhafi will be successful in removing him from power in the next few months? Do you think that is very likely, somewhat likely, somewhat unlikely, or very unlikely?"

 
    Very likely Somewhat
likely
Somewhat
unlikely
Very unlikely Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/11-13/11

12

43

28

14

3


 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. March 10-13, 2011. N=1,005 adults nationwide.

             

"In Libya, there's fighting between anti-government protesters and forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi. Would you support or oppose using U.S. military aircraft to create a no-fly zone in Libya in order to keep Gaddafi's air force from attacking rebel-held areas?" Half sample

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/10-13/11

49

45

6

 

 

             

"In Libya, there's fighting between anti-government protesters and forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi. You may have heard about the idea that U.S. military aircraft could participate in creating a no-fly zone over Libya in order to keep Gaddafi's air force from attacking rebel-held areas. Is this something you would support or oppose?" Half sample

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/10-13/11

56

37

7

 

 

             
 

If support U.S. involvement in a no-fly zone:
"Creating a no-fly zone first requires bombing attacks on anti-aircraft positions, and then requires continuous air patrols. Given those requirements, would you support or oppose using U.S. military aircraft to create a no-fly zone in Libya?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/10-13/11

72

25

3

 

 


 

Pew Research Center. March 10-13, 2011. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Do you think the United States has a responsibility to do something about the fighting in Libya between government forces and anti-government groups, or doesn't the United States have this responsibility?"

 
    Does Does not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/10-13/11

27

63

10

 

 

             

"Would you favor or oppose the United States and its allies doing each of the following with respect to Libya? . . ."

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"Increasing economic and diplomatic sanctions on Libya"

 

3/10-13/11

51

40

9

 

 

             
 

"Enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya"

 

3/10-13/11

44

45

11

 

 

             
 

"Sending arms and supplies to anti-government groups in Libya"

 

3/10-13/11

23

69

8

 

 

             
 

"Bombing Libyan air defenses"

 

3/10-13/11

16

77

7

 

 

             
 

"Sending troops into Libya"

 

3/10-13/11

13

82

5

 

 



 


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