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Half of Americans Approve of Obama's Handling of Libya

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President Obama's handling of Libya gets the approval of half of Americans who have an opinion on it (and about one-fifth do not), despite criticism from right, left and abroad, according to a CBS News poll conducted March 18-21. (Poll data here.) Critics say the administration waited too long to act or, once it did, took military action whose goals were not as defined as Obama had said they would be.

Fifty percent said they approved of Obama's handling of the situation, 29 percent disapproved, while 21 percent expressed no opinion.

Obama does better when it comes to ratings on his performance on Libya and other foreign policy matters than on some major domestic issues. The CBS poll found that Republicans, who uniformly give Obama low marks on domestic issues, particularly health care, the economy and the deficit, approve of his handling of the Libya situation by a 43 percent to 41 percent margin.

A CNN/Opinion Research poll, conducted March 18-20, found that 54 percent of those surveyed approved of Obama's handling of foreign affairs, and 50 percent agree with the way he's dealt with the Libyan crisis. By contrast, CNN's polling found that only 36 percent approved of Obama's handling of the deficit, 39 percent approved of his economic policy and 41 percent liked the way he was handling health care.

While the CBS poll found little change in Obama's overall job approval rating -- 49 percent approve and 41 percent disapprove -- there was a good sign for him in the fact that independents, who soured on him last year, approved of his performance by 46 percent to 39 percent, with the remainder undecided.

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Wow we have one item that half the people approve of that he did or is doing. Thing might be looking up! Then we can add the dumb statement he made while in Brazil. "We will help you drill for oil and then we will become your best customer." Helps them drill while maintaining a moratorium in his own country.

March 23 2011 at 2:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

GOD BLESS PRESIDENT OBAMA = courage, wisdom, decisiveness ! Obama will save this planet as he did this nation

March 23 2011 at 2:11 PM Report abuse -34 rate up rate down Reply

Well the other half don't, so make an article that says half of americans don't approve ok, too hard for ya!

March 23 2011 at 1:20 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

Thry Obama as a war criminal.

March 23 2011 at 12:41 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Dear MoonWolf

Wow. The only leader in the muslim world who actually cares that Women are no longer treated as camel turds and we're pissing away our tax money in THEIR civil war against him. Figures.

March 23 2011 at 12:27 PM Report abuse +14 rate up rate down Reply

50% of whom? Any so called Poll my CBS must be considered suspect!

March 23 2011 at 12:17 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply

Whether we agree or not on helping the Libyans, Obama's action should be troubling to everyone. He authorized dropping bombs on another country as a "humanitarian" action without going to Congress. How does he define "humanitarian" and who will he bomb next? Or what about future Presidents? Setting a precedent like this is dangerous. However it is in keeping with Obama's statement: "it would be easier to be president of China".

March 23 2011 at 11:15 AM Report abuse +16 rate up rate down Reply

PORTSMOUTH — Presidential hopeful Delaware Sen. Joe Biden stated unequivocally that he will move to impeach President Bush if he bombs Iran without first gaining congressional approval."The president has no authority to unilaterally attack Iran, and if he does, as Foreign Relations Committee chairman, I will move to impeach," said Biden

March 23 2011 at 10:42 AM Report abuse +20 rate up rate down Reply

The American people are war-weary and would not stand for another Arab world incursion. Obama is smart enough to know this. He is trying to pull a rabbit out of the hat by achieving success in Libya without spearheading the "assault". He is clueless to do anything else. Blind luck, the Obama "doctrine". Half the public "approve" of his handling of this mess because 95% do not want our troops to set foot in Libya. Please make Barack Obama a one-term President.

March 23 2011 at 10:03 AM Report abuse +45 rate up rate down Reply

Let me take this oportunity to say how can anyone listen to beck, rush or palan in twenty years they will be standing on a street corner talking to themselves. these people are nuts step outside of your party and really listen to what they are saying there nuts.

March 23 2011 at 9:47 AM Report abuse -17 rate up rate down Reply

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