Reuters/Ipsos poll: Obama seen as cautious commander-in-chief
The military operation on Libya has once again put President Barack Obama’s commander-in-chief credentials to the test, and nearly half of Americans — 48 percent — describe his style as “cautious and consultative,” according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.
Obama was seen by 36 percent as “indecisive and dithering”, and the fewest, 17 percent, viewed Obama as a “strong and decisive” commander of the armed forces.
The Reuters/Ipsos poll interviewed 975 adults online and was conducted on March 22, three days after the bombing campaign was launched against Libya to impose a no-fly zone.
When it comes to spending for military operations on Libya, Americans say the financial cost is justified 51-49 percent. But when they are told the price tag is $100 million a day, the number who say it is justified falls to 43 percent with 57 percent disagreeing.
A majority, 60 percent, support U.S. and allied military action in Libya and there is little difference between Democrats, 65 percent, and Republicans, 63 percent. An even greater number, 79 percent, say U.S. and Western allies should seek to remove Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
As for solutions if the air strikes fail to restrain Gaddafi, Americans were divided about what should be done next — 25 percent said the U.N. should send peacekeeping troops, 23 percent said increase air strikes and 20 percent said send in special forces. There was very little support, 7 percent, for sending in ground troops, which Obama has said he will not do.
Fifteen percent said none of those actions should be taken, and 29 percent said they don’t know.
Photo credit: Reuters/Jim Young (Obama walks to Oval Office)