April 6th, 2011
08:45 AM ET

Americans oppose arming the Libyan rebels

According to a new Pew poll, Americans overwhelmingly oppose arming the Libyan rebels 66% to 25%.

Here's an excerpt of the Pew poll results:

"Two weeks after U.S. and NATO forces began military operations in Libya, the public's reaction to the situation remains mixed. Half (50%) say the United States and its allies made the right decision in conducting airstrikes in Libya, while 37% say it was the wrong decision - a balance of opinion virtually unchanged from a week ago.

"However, despite President Obama's speech to the nation explaining the justifications for military engagement last Monday, an increasing percentage say that the military action lacks a clear goal - 57% today, up from 50% a week ago. And by an overwhelming 66%-to-25% margin, most say they would oppose the U.S. and its allies sending arms and military supplies to the anti-government groups in Libya."

Interestingly, in our unscientific Global Public Square online poll, 86% of you supported arming the rebels (roughly 61,000 votes) while 12% of you opposed doing so (9,000 votes). Here is our informal poll:

What does this say about our Global Public Square audience?

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Topics: Libya • Military

soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. Samson Fenelus

    Yes, we are arming them today, to help them fighting us tomorrow.

    April 10, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Reply
    • George

      Exactly!!! Thats what would happen and it's inevitable. If we give them weapons, those weapons will be used against us in the near future!

      April 19, 2011 at 11:58 am | Reply
  2. Allah PETA

    Just gather up all the virgin goats in America and send them to Libya. Soon there will be no fighting or virgin goats since all the muslim's will be on them.

    April 10, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Reply
  3. John

    Oh goody! Send more weapons to Africa. They will be sold and resold to the highest bidder and end up in a pirate boat in Samolia or some other warlords chest of goodys.

    April 16, 2011 at 2:08 am | Reply
  4. George

    So say we arm the rebels. What happens with all those munitions and weapons after the war is over? Do you think the rebels will just hand them over? There will be no government to take them either. The rebels will keep them in their homes until they are desperate for money when they will sell these weapons on the black market. Guess who buys things on the black market? Oh yeah the terrorists! Do you really want the Taliban and Al-Qaida armed with the same weapons as the US military? It's inevitable that the weapons we give them will end up in the wrong hands. How can we even consider this? Give them AK-47s and AK-74s. The rebels are not trained, so why bother giving them $3000 a piece M4s?

    April 19, 2011 at 11:57 am | Reply
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