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Canadians Split over Mission in Libya; Only 31% believe the mission is going well

Three days after Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird visited Libya, a new national poll from Abacus Data finds that Canadians are split over whether the mission in Libya was the right or wrong thing to do.

Overall, 41% of Canadians felt that the NATO coalition was right to conduct military operations in Libya, with older men and Conservative voters more likely to support the action.  One in three Canadians (33%) believed it was the wrong thing to do while 25% were unsure.

“Although only a plurality of Canadians is ready to say the mission in Libya was the right thing to do, Canadians are far more supportive of the mission in Libya than Americans,” said David Coletto, CEO of Abacus Data.  “Parliament’s decision to extend the mission has majority support from men, Conservative voters, and Canadians 60 and older.”

Respondents were more deeply divided when asked how they felt about the progress of the mission.  Just 31% felt that the mission was going well, compared to 38% who felt it was going badly with 29% not sure.

“What’s interesting is that a large portion of the public is not paying attention to what is happening in Libya,” said Coletto. “If something bad were to happen to Canadian forces over there, there is potential for this mild approval to turn sour.”

Download the report.


From June 23 to 24, 2011 Abacus Data Inc. conducted an online survey among 1,005 randomly selected Canadian adults from an online panel of over 150,000 Canadians. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is comparable to +/- 3.2%, 19 times out of 20.

Results of the survey were statistically weighted by gender, age, region, and education using census data from Statistics Canada and by past vote using Elections Canada results from the 2011 General Election. Totals may not add up to 100 due to rounding.