The armed conflict in Libya

Most Romanians do not agree with the military intervention in Libya and 40% think that Romania could be affected by the recent events in this country.However, Romanians do not know Romania’s official standpoint concerning the events in Libya.

According to the survey conducted by Institutul Român pentru Evaluare şi Strategie – IRES (The Romanian Institute for Assessment and Strategy), included in the program „Public Agenda”, 90% of the respondents declare to have heard about the events currently taking place in Libya and 68% of them admit to not being up to date on the military intervention in this country.
The control over oil reserves (51%) and the protection of the civilians from the Libyan army’s attacks (42%) are identified as the main reasons for the international military forces’ intervention in Libya.
40% of the interviewees think that Romania could be affected by the current events in Libya. In this context, 66% of the respondents think that Romania should abstain from expressing an official standpoint concerning the military intervention in this country. Moreover, the study indicates the fact that Romania’s official standpoint in this matter is not known by 57% of its citizens. Out of the remaining 41% (excluding non-responses) who say that they know what Romania’s standpoint is, 65% say that this standpoint is unclear, while 23% think that Romania supports the military intervention and 10% think that it is opposed to it.
When asked about Romania’s decision to wait for the NATO decision before taking an official position concerning the conflict in Libya, 65% have a good or very good opinion concerning this attitude, while 26% tend to evaluate it negatively.
Concerning Russia and China’s attitudes regarding the military intervention in Libya, opinions differ among the respondents: 41% think that the two countries’ critiques are not justified, while 42% think the opposite.
73% of the participants in the IRES survey think that Germany’s attitude of abstaining at the Security Council vote concerning the military intervention in Libya is right, while only 16% have an opposite opinion.
84% of the respondents use the television to get informed concerning the evolution of events in Libya. The second source of information used is the internet (by 7%).
When it comes to information about the evolution of events in Libya, 32% of the interviewees prefer to watch PRO TV, 29% watch Realitatea TV, while 18% watch Antena 3. The three networks are followed by TVR and Antena 1, which are each watched by 7% of the respondents.
74% of the respondents believe that the media presented the conflict in Libya objectively. The IRES survey was conducted nationally, using a sample of 1118 respondents, using the CATI method of administering questionnaires.

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Vasile DÂNCU
Institutul Român pentru Evaluare și Strategie – IRES
(The Romanian Institute for Assessment and Strategy)