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Poll: Americans Split on Libyan Military Involvement

A Libyan rebel is covered up in the rebels flag next to his weapon as he moves on the road bewteen Al-Egila and Ras Lanuf, eastern Libya, Sunday, March 27, 2011

A new opinion poll shows Americans have mixed reactions about U.S. military involvement in Libya.

The poll, conducted by an independent U.S.- based research group, found that 47 percent of Americans believe the United States was right to carry out airstrikes in Libya. Thirty-six percent said it was the wrong decision, and 17 percent had no opinion.

The survey also found that half of Americans do not think the United States and its allies have a clear goal in Libya, and that 60 percent say U.S. military involvement in Libya will last for "some time." Thirty-three percent said U.S. involvement will be over quickly.

Poll: Americans Split on Libyan Military Involvement
Poll: Americans Split on Libyan Military Involvement

The poll also shows Americans are about evenly divided about whether the aim of the coalition military operation should be to remove Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi from power or not. Nearly 60 percent said the U.S. is "just one of a coalition of countries" involved in the mission in Libya.

The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press conducted the poll.