Americans are no more optimistic this week about the fortunes of those fighting against the Libyan government of Muammar Gaddafi than they were a week ago. In the latest Economist/YouGov Poll, 27% of those who have heard about the uprising now expect the rebels to overthrow the ruler. 24% don’t.
Last week, those with an opinion were also closely divided. Before last week, there was somewhat more optimism about their fate.
Last week, support for various actions the international community could take dropped: fewer than half supported enforcing sanctions and enforcing the no fly zone over Libya. Now half or more support each of those measures. 49% favor targeting Gaddafi personally, up from 41% last week.
How should the international community respond to events in Libya? Please check all options that you support. Asked if respondent is aware of unrest in Libya
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Send humanitarian aid
Enforce no-fly zone over Libya
Send ground troops into Libya
Provide arms to rebels
Target Colonel Gaddafi to remove him from power
None of these
Support for enforcing the no fly zone has soared among Democrats — up eight points in a week to 56% now. Half of Republicans favor that, too.
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