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Americans give resounding 'no' on financial aid to rebuild Libya

August 30, 2011 |  3:10 pm

Americans don't seem to agree on much these days, whether it's politics, climate change or Lady Gaga's  gender-bending performance at the Video Music Awards. But there's one thing that an overwhelming majority of Americans appear to agree upon: They don't want to foot the bill for rebuilding Libya.

A CNN / ORC poll released Tuesday found that a stunning 73% oppose any U.S. financial aid to rebuild Libya's business and educational infrastructure, and 67% said the U.S. shouldn't be involved in "attempts to form a civilian government and restore order in that country." 

The poll also found that 62% of those polled are worried about what lies ahead in Libya, with 67% believing there will be widespread violence. And 49% said they are either "not too confident" or "not confident at all" that the U.S. and its allies can prevent Al Qaeda or other terrorist groups from establishing a new base of operations in Libya.

Given all that, and a pervasive feeling among Americans that the U.S. is already overextended in many ways inside and outside its borders, this will not come as a surprise: 

Fifty-four percent of those polled said they are either "not confident at all" or "not too confident" that a stable democratic government will be established in Libya.

The poll questioned 1,017 adults on Wednesday and Thursday and reports a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.


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