March 30, 2011 - Obama Gets Lowest Approval, Reelect Score Ever, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; More Voters Oppose U.S. Involvement In Libya

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American voters disapprove 48 - 42 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing and say 50 - 41 percent he does not deserve to be re-elected in 2012, both all-time lows, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This compares to a 46 - 46 percent job approval rating and a 45 - 47 percent split on the President's re-election in a March 3 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. In a hypothetical 2012 matchup, President Obama gets 36 percent of the vote to 37 percent for an unnamed Republican challenger.

Democrats approve 80 - 13 percent of the job Obama is doing, but disapproval is 81 - 9 percent among Republicans and 50 - 39 percent among independent voters. Men disapprove 52 - 41 percent while women split 44 - 44 percent.

Voters oppose 47 - 41 percent America's involvement in Libya. In the survey concluded 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.

American voters give conflicting signals about U.S. involvement in Libya:
  • They approve 53 - 35 percent of using cruise missiles to destroy Libya's air defense;
  • They say 48 - 41 percent the U.S. should not use military force to remove Moammar Gadhafi from power;
  • They say 65 - 27 percent the U.S. should use military force to protect civilians from Gadhafi.
"President Barack Obama's approval numbers are at their lowest level ever, slightly below where they were for most of 2010 before he got a bump up in surveys after the November election and into the early part of this year," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Some reasons for his overall numbers might be that Obama receives negative ratings on his handling of the budget deficit, the economy, foreign policy, health care and energy policy."

American voters split 46 - 45 percent on whether protecting Libyan civilians from Gadhafi is a goal worth having U.S. troops "fight and possibly die." And voters say 61 - 30 percent that removing Gadhafi is not worth having American troops "fight and possibly die."

A total of 62 percent of voters are "very confident" or "somewhat confident" that the U.S. mission to protect Libyan civilians from Gadhafi will be successful.

But 74 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 pattern of political support for the president regarding Libya is somewhat different than with the war in Afghanistan, for which public support continues to deteriorate. Now, 50 percent of voters say the U.S. should not be involved in that conflict while 41 percent says it is the right thing to do.

"Republicans have been the strongest supporters of the Democratic president's policy. Currently, 50 percent of Republicans, 38 percent of Democrats and 38 percent of independent voters support the effort in Afghanistan," Brown said.

"On Libya, 48 percent of Democrats but only 40 percent of Republicans and 38 percent of independent voters voice support."

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 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. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

1. If the 2012 election for President were being held today, do you think you would vote for Barack Obama, the Democratic candidate, or the Republican candidate?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Obama                36%     2%    79%    28%    33%    39%    29%    89%
Republican           37     79      7     32     39     36     43      1
DEPENDS ON CAND(VOL) 14     12      5     23     15     14     15      4
DK/NA                12      6      8     17     13     12     12      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Obama                40%    36%    34%    39%    36%    36%    78%    39%    15%
Republican           32     38     40     34     40     43      9     28     61
DEPENDS ON CAND(VOL) 15     14     14     13     15     14      6     17     15
DK/NA                13     12     11     15     10      7      7     16      9
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Obama                45%    34%    43%    14%    21%    28%
Republican           29     38     34     59     52     44
DEPENDS ON CAND(VOL) 14     15     13     17     16     14
DK/NA                12     13     10     11     10     14
 
TREND: If the 2012 election for President were being held today, do you think you would vote for Barack Obama, the Democratic candidate, or the Republican candidate?
                     Mar 30  Jul 21  Mar 25
                     2011    2010    2010
 
Obama                36      36      40
Republican           37      39      41
DEPENDS ON CAND(VOL) 14      13       9
DK/NA                12      12       9
 
 
3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              42%     9%    80%    39%    41%    44%    36%    89%
Disapprove           48     81     13     50     52     44     54      7
DK/NA                10      9      8     10      7     12     10      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              47%    41%    39%    43%    43%    41%    76%    49%    20%
Disapprove           39     50     52     45     51     52     18     39     71
DK/NA                13      8      9     12      5      7      6     11      9
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Military
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds
 
Approve              51%    39%    50%    21%    26%    39%    37%
Disapprove           39     50     42     68     65     53     58
DK/NA                10     10      8     10      9      8      6
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? (*High also 59% Mar 2009)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 30  Mar 03  Jan 13  Nov 17  Sep 09  Jun 04  Mar 30
                     2011    2011    2011    2010    2010    2009*   2011
 
Approve              42      46      48      44      44      59      42
Disapprove           48      46      44      49      47      31      48
DK/NA                10       8       8       6       9      10      10
 
 
6. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very satisfied        2%     1%     4%     1%     2%     2%     1%     6%
Smwht satisfied      21     12     37     15     21     21     17     36
Smwht dissatisfied   37     33     38     38     37     37     36     44
Very dissatisfied    40     54     19     45     41     40     44     13
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      -      1      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Very satisfied        2%     1%     2%     1%     1%     1%     4%     1%     1%
Smwht satisfied      28     17     20     22     19     22     33     24     12
Smwht dissatisfied   40     40     31     34     42     36     41     41     31
Very dissatisfied    29     42     46     42     37     39     21     33     56
DK/NA                 -      -      2      1      1      1      1      1      -
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Very satisfied        2%     1%     3%     0%     1%     1%
Smwht satisfied      27     19     24     13     16     21
Smwht dissatisfied   38     36     40     34     31     35
Very dissatisfied    32     43     32     52     52     42
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      1      1
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT SAT
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 30  Mar 03  Jan 18  Nov 17  Sep 09  Dec 11  Nov 13
                     2011    2011    2011    2010    2010    2001    2008
 
Very satisfied        2       1       2       3       2      21       2
Smwht satisfied      21      26      25      24      23      47      14
Smwht dissatisfied   37      32      38      29      31      19      38
Very dissatisfied    40      40      34      42      42      10      44
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       3       2
 
 
8. Looking ahead to the 2012 election for President, do you feel that Barack Obama deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes/Deserves         41%     8%    79%    37%    38%    43%    34%    90%
No/Does not          50     86     12     52     53     47     57      3
DK/NA                 9      6      9     11      9      9      9      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes/Deserves         48%    41%    35%    43%    38%    41%    79%    45%    20%
No/Does not          41     52     54     47     54     52     15     42     74
DK/NA                11      7     10     10      7      6      6     13      6
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Yes/Deserves         46%    38%    47%    18%    24%    35%
No/Does not          42     52     44     74     68     55
DK/NA                12     10      9      8      8      9
 
TREND: Looking ahead to the 2012 election for President, do you feel that Barack Obama deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Mar 30  Mar 03  Nov 22  Jul 21  Mar 25
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010
 
Yes/deserves         41      45      43      40      40
No/does not          50      47      49      48      48
DK/NA                 9       7       9      12      11
 
 
9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the budget deficit?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              30%     6%    62%    23%    28%    31%    23%    74%
Disapprove           64     90     32     71     68     61     71     19
DK/NA                 6      4      6      6      4      8      6      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              33%    30%    27%    32%    27%    30%    55%    32%    14%
Disapprove           62     65     66     61     68     66     35     62     82
DK/NA                 5      5      7      7      6      4     10      6      4
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              34%    28%    32%    13%    17%    21%
Disapprove           60     65     62     83     77     71
DK/NA                 5      6      6      4      6      8
 
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the budget deficit?
                     Mar 30  Mar 03  Apr 21  Feb 11
                     2011    2011    2010    2010
 
Approve              30      36      34      33
Disapprove           64      58      59      60
DK/NA                 6       6       7       7
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              34%     7%    69%    29%    34%    35%    29%    69%
Disapprove           60     88     26     65     63     58     66     28
DK/NA                 5      5      4      6      3      7      5      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              34%    37%    32%    34%    33%    42%    67%    39%    15%
Disapprove           60     60     62     59     63     57     27     55     81
DK/NA                 5      4      6      7      4      1      6      6      4
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              38%    31%    44%    18%    20%    30%
Disapprove           58     64     51     77     76     66
DK/NA                 4      5      5      5      4      3
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 30  Mar 03  Jan 18  Nov 17  Sep 09  Mar 04  Mar 30
                     2011    2011    2011    2010    2010    2009    2011
 
Approve              34      38      40      39      39      57      34
Disapprove           60      59      53      57      56      33      60
DK/NA                 5       4       7       4       5      10       5
 
 
11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - foreign policy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              41%    19%    69%    37%    42%    39%    37%    64%
Disapprove           47     69     22     51     50     45     52     22
DK/NA                12     12      9     12      8     15     11     14
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              45%    41%    37%    40%    42%    44%    69%    48%    21%
Disapprove           40     49     52     45     49     48     23     37     70
DK/NA                15      9     11     14      9      7      9     15      9
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Military
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds
 
Approve              51%    38%    49%    20%    27%    38%    35%
Disapprove           38     49     44     64     59     53     53
DK/NA                11     13      8     16     14      8     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling foreign policy?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 30  Mar 03  Jan 13  Nov 18  Sep 09  Apr 29  Mar 30
                     2011    2011    2011    2010    2010    2009    2011
 
Approve              41      43      47      46      45      57      41
Disapprove           47      45      38      44      44      32      47
DK/NA                12      12      15      10      11      11      12
 
 
12. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - health care?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              38%    11%    71%    32%    37%    38%    31%    79%
Disapprove           55     83     23     59     57     53     61     18
DK/NA                 7      6      5      9      6      8      7      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              41%    39%    33%    39%    40%    38%    75%    41%    16%
Disapprove           48     57     60     53     54     59     22     46     80
DK/NA                11      4      7      8      6      3      2     12      4
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              44%    34%    46%    19%    22%    33%
Disapprove           49     57     50     75     71     59
DK/NA                 7      8      4      6      7      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling health care? (*Low also 35% Jan 2010)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 30  Mar 03  Jan 18  May 26  Apr 21  Jul 02  Feb 11*
                     2011    2011    2011    2010    2010    2009    2010
 
Approve              38      40      44      44      40       46      35
Disapprove           55      56      51      51      55       42      58
DK/NA                 7       4       5       6       5       13       6
 
 
13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the situation in Afghanistan?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              42%    32%    58%    40%    47%    38%    42%    63%
Disapprove           45     51     34     48     45     45     45     26
DK/NA                13     18      8     12      8     16     13     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              41%    47%    39%    36%    49%    52%    50%    46%    36%
Disapprove           47     43     47     50     40     38     42     41     51
DK/NA                12     10     14     14     11     10      7     13     14
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Military
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds
 
Approve              49%    39%    51%    28%    36%    50%    42%
Disapprove           39     48     37     56     49     41     50
DK/NA                12     13     12     16     16      9      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Afghanistan?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 30  Mar 03  Jan 18  Sep 09  Jul 21  Mar 25  Nov 18
                     2011    2011    2011    2010    2010    2010    2009
 
Approve              42      43      46      49      43      52      38
Disapprove           45      46      40      40      46      36      49
DK/NA                13      11      14      10      11      12      12
 
 
14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the situation in Libya?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              41%    25%    62%    41%    43%    40%    39%    64%
Disapprove           45     56     27     47     47     42     47     21
DK/NA                14     19     11     13     10     18     14     15
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              42%    43%    39%    41%    40%    45%    60%    47%    28%
Disapprove           39     47     47     44     48     41     27     39     58
DK/NA                19     11     13     16     12     13     13     14     14
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Military
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds
 
Approve              48%    40%    45%    25%    31%    49%    36%
Disapprove           35     46     41     57     54     41     50
DK/NA                16     14     13     17     16     10     14
 
 
15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - energy policy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              35%    14%    63%    31%    32%    38%    31%    67%
Disapprove           47     68     23     51     53     41     51     25
DK/NA                18     18     14     18     15     21     19      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              45%    33%    31%    36%    35%    36%    59%    41%    19%
Disapprove           33     52     52     43     52     54     25     39     65
DK/NA                22     15     17     21     12     11     16     20     16
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              43%    33%    40%    20%    23%    33%
Disapprove           43     47     47     61     59     49
DK/NA                15     19     13     18     18     19
 
 
25. Do you think the U.S. is doing the right thing by fighting the war in Afghanistan now, or should the U.S. not be involved in Afghanistan now?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Right thing          41%    50%    38%    38%    45%    37%    43%    33%
Shld not be involved 50     35     56     54     49     51     47     61
DK/NA                 9     14      6      8      6     12     10      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Right thing          43%    42%    38%    37%    46%    51%    31%    40%    48%
Shld not be involved 49     50     52     54     46     43     60     53     42
DK/NA                 8      8     10      9      8      6      9      7     10
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Military
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds
 
Right thing          47%    39%    47%    45%    44%    46%    41%
Shld not be involved 47     52     45     44     44     49     50
DK/NA                 7      9      8     11     12      4      9
 
TREND: Do you think the U.S. is doing the right thing by fighting the war in Afghanistan now, or should the U.S. not be involved in Afghanistan now? Low also 41% Jan 2011)
                                                             RIGHT THING...
                                                             High    Low
                     Mar 30  Jan 18  Nov 18  Sep 09  Jul 21  Jan 14  Mar 30
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010    2010    2011
 
Right thing          41      41      44      49      48      59      41
Shouldn't be inv     50      51      50      41      43      35      50
DK/NA                 9       8       6      10       9       6       9
 
 
26. 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?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Right thing          41%    40%    48%    38%    46%    37%    43%    36%
Shld not be involved 47     45     42     51     45     49     46     53
DK/NA                12     15     10     11      9     14     11     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Right thing          36%    45%    42%    39%    45%    48%    51%    43%    35%
Shld not be involved 51     43     49     48     48     42     39     47     53
DK/NA                13     12     10     13      7      9     11     10     12
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Military
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds
 
Right thing          44%    39%    46%    37%    40%    50%    40%
Shld not be involved 44     48     44     50     48     43     48
DK/NA                12     12     10     13     12      8     12
 
 
27. Do you approve or disapprove of President Obama's decision to use cruise missiles to destroy Libya's air defense installations?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              53%    50%    60%    53%    61%    46%    55%    46%
Disapprove           35     35     29     39     33     38     34     35
DK/NA                11     15     11      8      6     16     10     19
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              45%    56%    57%    52%    53%    63%    58%    54%    52%
Disapprove           44     33     30     37     36     30     30     36     37
DK/NA                11     11     13     11     11      7     12     10     11
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Military
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds
 
Approve              64%    52%    57%    46%    50%    61%    58%
Disapprove           27     36     32     39     35     34     34
DK/NA                 9     12     11     15     14      5      8
 
 
28. Do you think President Obama has clearly stated the goals of the US military mission in Libya or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  29%    16%    47%    24%    28%    29%    27%    46%
No                   58     70     40     64     63     54     60     36
DK/NA                13     14     14     12      9     17     13     19
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  31%    26%    29%    29%    26%    29%    45%    32%    18%
No                   52     61     59     56     61     64     41     55     71
DK/NA                17     13     12     15     13      7     15     13     11
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Military
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds
 
Yes                  24%    28%    29%    20%    24%    32%    21%
No                   63     57     60     65     63     59     69
DK/NA                12     14     11     15     13      9     10
 
 
29. Do you think the US should or should not use military force to remove Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi from power?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  41%    46%    43%    38%    41%    41%    41%    43%
No                   48     40     47     54     51     46     49     46
DK/NA                11     14     10      8      8     13     11     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  38%    45%    40%    44%    38%    38%    36%    40%    43%
No                   52     46     47     45     51     56     57     50     45
DK/NA                10      9     12     11     11      6      7     10     12
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Military
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds
 
Yes                  47%    44%    34%    38%    41%    46%    44%
No                   44     46     55     48     46     48     47
DK/NA                 9     11     11     14     12      6      9
 
 
30. Do you think the US should or should not use military force to protect civilians from Gadhafi?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes/Should           65%    60%    73%    66%    66%    65%    65%    77%
No/Should not        27     30     20     28     29     26     28     18
DK/NA                 7     10      7      5      6      9      8      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes/Should           70%    68%    61%    66%    65%    64%    69%    66%    63%
No/Should not        25     27     29     27     30     30     24     27     30
DK/NA                 5      5     11      8      5      6      7      7      6
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Military
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds
 
Yes/Should           70%    65%    66%    62%    64%    68%    65%
No/Should not        23     27     27     30     27     27     29
DK/NA                 6      7      8      8      9      5      6
 
 
31. How confident are you that the US military mission of protecting civilians in Libya from Gadhafi will be successful - very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not confident at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very confident       18%    17%    21%    16%    22%    13%    15%    30%
Smwht confident      44     43     48     45     41     47     45     42
Not too confident    22     22     20     23     20     24     24     14
Not confident at all 12     11      7     14     13     11     12      7
DK/NA                 4      6      4      2      3      5      4      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Very confident       22%    18%    14%    20%    15%    16%    20%    17%    16%
Smwht confident      47     45     43     45     43     45     46     48     42
Not too confident    19     21     26     20     26     21     18     24     22
Not confident at all  9     13     12     12     11     15     11      8     16
DK/NA                 3      3      5      3      5      3      5      3      3
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Military
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds
 
Very confident       17%    19%    14%    12%    15%    18%    18%
Smwht confident      50     44     45     45     45     46     43
Not too confident    21     21     25     26     24     23     22
Not confident at all 11     12     12     13     12     11     14
DK/NA                 2      4      4      4      5      2      3
 
 
32. How concerned are you that the military mission in Libya will lead to the US getting embroiled in a long-term military conflict there - very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, not concerned at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very concerned       40%    36%    41%    42%    36%    44%    39%    44%
Smwht concerned      34     37     32     35     33     36     37     26
Not too concerned    16     16     18     16     20     13     16     19
Not concerned at all  8      8      8      6     10      5      6      9
DK/NA                 2      2      1      2      1      2      1      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Very concerned       38%    41%    41%    41%    39%    37%    44%    38%    41%
Smwht concerned      38     32     34     36     35     34     27     36     36
Not too concerned    14     19     15     13     18     22     19     17     15
Not concerned at all  8      7      7      8      6      7      9      8      7
DK/NA                 2      1      3      2      2      -      -      2      2
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Military
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds
 
Very concerned       41%    42%    37%    44%    41%    39%    44%
Smwht concerned      34     34     35     39     37     38     31
Not too concerned    15     15     19     12     14     19     18
Not concerned at all  7      7      8      4      6      4      7
DK/NA                 2      2      1      1      1      -      1
 
 
33. Do you think removing Gadhafi from power is a worthwhile goal for American troops to fight and possibly die for or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  30%    36%    32%    26%    31%    29%    30%    30%
No                   61     52     59     65     61     60     61     58
DK/NA                10     12      9      9      8     12     10     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  35%    31%    26%    30%    28%    28%    28%    29%    32%
No                   55     61     63     61     60     65     62     63     59
DK/NA                10      8     10      8     12      6     10      8     10
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Military
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds
 
Yes                  31%    31%    26%    30%    32%    31%    31%
No                   55     60     63     60     57     61     60
DK/NA                13      9     11     10     12      8      9
 
 
34. Do you think protecting civilians from Gadhafi is a worthwhile goal for American troops to fight and possibly die for or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  46%    46%    52%    43%    47%    44%    46%    47%
No                   45     45     38     48     47     44     45     44
DK/NA                 9      9      9      9      6     12      9      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  52%    50%    38%    45%    50%    47%    53%    48%    42%
No                   39     45     51     47     41     49     40     43     49
DK/NA                 9      5     12      9      9      4      7      9      9
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn               Military
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath   HsHlds
 
Yes                  49%    45%    46%    44%    45%    46%    47%
No                   42     46     43     46     44     48     43
DK/NA                 9      9     11     10     11      6     10