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The most striking early-survey finding: A whopping three-quarters of Americans--74 percent--said the United States should "leave it to others" to attempt to resolve the situation in Libya, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll conducted last week.
Similarly, a Pew Research Center poll conducted last week found that 65 percent of respondents think the United States doesn't have the responsibility to do something about the fighting in Libya, compared with 27 percent who responded that it does.
More worrying for the U.S. administration: More than three-quarters of respondents in the Pew poll (77 percent) said they oppose the United States bombing Libyan air defenses.
Similarly, according to a Fox News poll conducted March 14-16, some two-thirds of American registered voters--65 percent--oppose "the U.S. military getting involved with the situation in Libya," compared with just 25 percent who favor it.
Originally posted by MikeboydUS
reply to post by David9176
Many Americans don't want us helping Japan either.
Yet they are happy to follow news of Charlie Sheen.
Many Americans don't want us helping Japan either. Yet they are happy to follow news of Charlie Sheen.
Originally posted by Wildbob77
The US is still involved in two wars in the Mideast.
Is it a wonder that the people here in the US are tired of our money and our lives being spent over in the Mideast?
Personally, if the world wants to intervene in Libya then I'm good with it but find someone else to step and take the lead.
Oil is probably a factor, but not for Wall Street. Its for Brussels. They don't want to dependent on Russia for oil and gas. Look at France, they are leading the way on this. The faster Libya is liberated, the faster the EU can give Russia the finger.
BP has no production in Libya at the moment, but the company has started an exploratory drilling programme in the west of the North African nation. This work was suspended following the uprising against Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, last month. Similarly, Royal Dutch Shell has an exploration programme in the country, started after sanctions were lifted in 2004.
On Wednesday last week, Shokri Ghanem, chairman of NOC, said the Libyan government would honour existing contracts with Western oil companies. "We have our contracts with them.
We will honour our commitments and I'm sure that they will honour their commitments," he said.
However, this contradicted comments by Col Gaddafi, who has said that he would shun Western oil groups, replacing them with companies from Russia, India and China.
Originally posted by PoorFool
74% of Americans couldn't even locate Libya on a map.