Poll: Americans are worried about Libya's future
August 30th, 2011
02:39 PM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Americans are worried about Libya's future

(CNN) - With ongoing fighting in Libya, Americans are worried about the future of the African country, worry that outweighs any positive emotions about recent events in the country, according to a new survey.

The CNN/ORC Poll released Tuesday showed two thirds of Americans predict Libya will now see widespread violence, similar to that in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. Three in ten believed that civil order will be restored in Libya.

Full results (pdf)

Libyan rebel fighters made considerable advances during the last week, effectively ending longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi's rule, and eight in ten Americans are confident that he will be captured or killed. However, a majority do not think a stable democratic government will be established in the country and the public is split over whether terrorists will eventually use it as a base of operations.

As a result, six in ten said they are worried about what lies ahead in Libya, far more than the 50 percent who are relieved and 47 percent who are pleased about recent events in the country.

Overall, Americans do not want the U.S. playing a major role in Libya's future with three quarters opposed to U.S. financial aid to the country and two-thirds saying the U.S. should stay out of their attempts to restore civil order and establish a new government.

The poll surveyed 1,017 adults by telephone between Aug. 24 and Aug. 25 with a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. mkmpp

    I'm sorry, but what Americans think about the future of Libya is a ridiculus poll to even take, considering most Americans don't even know where Libya is, let alone, how European countries have rightly taken the lead in helping to transition the country to a positive future.

    August 30, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Right...worried about widespread violence, etc., but don't want us doing anything whatsoever to help them. Good old fashioned self-interested American myopia right there. We have such a brilliant populace.

    August 30, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    With ongoing fighting in Libya, Americans are worried about the future of the African country, worry that outweighs any positive emotions about recent events in the country,
    Jimminy Crickets!!! We have turned into a hand-wringing, easily scared and thrown off track, heart palpitating bunch of woosies haven't we? I'd like to thank the GOTeatards for that. You sorry arse sons of your mothers have pulled the rug out from under us so many times, and gleefully put our soldiers UNNECESSARILY in harms way that you've turned us into a bunch of nervous nellies.
    Hey!! America!!! President Obama unlike the Last Cowboy you had in WH takes his job seriously. He doesn't see our soliders as pawns in his personal quest for retribution or as a way to increase his own and his friends' wealth. HE THINKS BEFORE HE SPEAKS and before HE ACTS. Our soldiers are his citizens as well. Trust him to think twice, and then twice again before putting them in harm's way.
    This is ANOTHER change I can live with.
    Obama 2012

    August 30, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. diridi

    In fact, they should and ought to be worried about America, because Cult members from Tea Party and GOP are taking this nation towards greed, destruction, etc, They are coming out of Cult..Rick Perry is propagating cult...watch out that idiot........

    August 30, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Madtown

    Poll: Americans are worried about Libya's future
    Sorry, I'm far more worried about THIS country's future.

    August 30, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. Voice of Reason

    We should not get involved in other countries' civil wars... Didnt we learn anything in Vietnam? Anyway – this time the UN wrote the check, so they have to back it up, not us. That's one thing Obama did right – he didnt say, 'screw the world' and go charging in anyway (Iraq). Powell was right, You break it you buy it.

    Here's to hoping that the UN gets everyone the heck outta Libya ASAP.

    August 30, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    The situation in Libya will be more like Afghanistan than Iraq. At least Iraq had an organized military and a cohesive government. Both Afghanistan and Libya were ruled by a small group of essentially tribesman who had more power and guns than the next group of tribesman.

    August 30, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "Yes he deserves it.Obama got Osama.
    I thought the CIA and Seal Team 6 got Osama??? Obama was presented with a no-brainer decision."

    Really? Is that why the GOP can't even come to agreement on whether the talking point should be to criticize him for doing it because it was rash or to give all the credit to Bush or politely congratulate him on a job well done and move on? The only "no brainers" involved here are the people so hellbent on finding fault with every single thing Obama does that they've lost all objectivity and will go to ridiculous lengths to rationalize some mindless criticism just because they are still butthurt over November 2008.

    August 30, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    As we have learned many times, there are reasons these countries have dictators in many cases. They are the only glue holding an otherwise untenable situation together. So many of these places are stiill tribal and sometimes with different languages. You never know what sort of can of worms you will open up once the dictator is toppled. Stupid people think the outcome is always instant democracy when it almost never happens. Will the removal of Ghaddafi be celebrated if tribal wars break out? Or if genocide occurrs? Or if anarchy rules and Al Queda moves in like Somalia and elsewhere. Getting rid of the dictator is the easy part. Now is the BEGINNING of the very dangerous and difficult part.

    I thought we had learned we didn't want to get into the country building business???!!!

    August 30, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    I'm worried about the future of this country if a TEApublican is elected POTUS. As far as Libya goes, the regime is on the run. No american boots on the ground as some prominent republicans have called for(Sen. McLame, Sen. Graham).

    August 30, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |