While Most Americans Support Libya Intervention, Europeans are Divided

Please note that the survey was conducted before the most recent developments in Libya.

According to the 2011 Transatlantic Trends Report, most EU respondents were, on average, evenly divided on the intervention in Libya, with 48% approving and 47% disapproving, while a majority of U.S. respondents (59%) approved of international intervention. However, both EU and U.S. respondents were much more likely to approve of the Libyan intervention by international forces than they were to support sending their own countries‟ troops to assist the rebels. Only 31% of U.S. respondents and 32% of EU respondents supported sending troops from their own countries to assist the rebels who oppose Gaddafi.

Despite a majority approval from U.S. respondents on the Libyan intervention, Europeans were much more in favor of democracy promotion around the world than Americans – and these opinions were similar for democracy promotion specifically in the Middle East and North Africa. A solid majority of EU respondents (64%) said it should be the role of the European Union to support democracy in cases such as the Middle East and North Africa, while 29% said the EU should stay out completely. In the United States, only 43% agreed and half of the Americans (50%) said that the United States should stay out completely.

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