Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's overseas trip is done, but a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national poll indicates domestic debate over some hot-button international policy issues, including Libya and the Middle East, rages on.
On Libya, some members of Congress want to invoke the War Powers Act, and according to the survey, a majority of Americans appear to agree. Fifty-five percent of people questioned in the poll, which was released Tuesday, believe that Congress, not the president, should have the final authority for deciding whether the U.S. should continue its military mission in Libya.
"That's a common reaction from the American public," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Although Congress as an institution is held in fairly low regard, over the past two decades Americans have typically told pollsters that Congress should be the branch of government to make these kinds of decisions - from Iraq to Haiti to Kosovo to Somalia, and regardless of the president's party."
But support for Congress having the final say on Libya doesn't mean the public opposes Obama's policy. Fifty-four percent support limited use of military force by the United States in Libya as part of a NATO mission to enforce U.N. resolutions. That's the wording of a resolution now making its way through Congress.
Turning to the situation in the Middle East, the survey indicates that two-thirds of Americans say their sympathies are more with the Israelis than the Palestinians. But two-thirds also say that the U.S. should not take either side in that conflict; about a third want the U.S. to take the Israelis' side. Two-thirds also have a favorable view of Israel; with 44 percent viewing Israel as an ally of the U.S. and another 38 percent saying that Israel is friendly toward the U.S. but not an ally.
According to the poll, half of the public says that Iran and North Korea are enemies of the U.S. Only 11 percent feel that China is an enemy while more than six in ten believe that China is an ally or is friendly toward the U.S.
"The 'special relationship' between the U.S. and Great Britain remains strong, no doubt bolstered by a series of speeches and state dinners while Obama was in London last week," adds Holland. "Nearly nine in ten Americans have a favorable view of Britain, with two-thirds saying Britain is an ally of the U.S. and virtually all the rest say that Britain is a friendly country."
The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted May 24-26, with 1,007 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.