Last Updated on March 24, 2006 by Paulette Brown-Hinds
Seven in Ten Likely Voters Back No-Fly Zone, Say U.S. Has a Responsibility to Stop Darfur Killings
Ending the killing in the Sudan is a U.S. responsibility, according to a majority of likely voters in the latest Zogby America poll of 1,007 likely voters nationwide.
The poll finds three in five likely voters saying the U.S. has a responsibility to end the slaughter in the Sudan's Darfur region, while seven in ten back imposing a no-fly zone to prevent Sudanese planes from bombing civilians.
The poll of likely voters, conducted March 14 through 16, finds 59% of U.S. voters believe more can be done diplomatically to end the crisis in the Sudan, while just one in four (24%) disagree. There is even stronger support for limited military action, with 70% backing creation of a U.S.-enforced no-fly zone over the African nation.
The call for U.S. action to resolve the three-year-old crisis is consistent across the nation. Support is nearly uniform in both the Republican leaning “Red States” and their Democrat-leaning “Blue State” counterparts. And while African-Americans and voters under the age of 30 are the most likely to say the U.S. has a responsibility to end the mass killings in the western region of the Sudan, both groups are a bit less likely than their peers to back imposition of a no-fly zone.
Republicans seem more ready to embrace direct action to end the humanitarian crisis, with 75% supporting a no-fly zone, compared to 68% of Democrats; Democrats, meanwhile, back further diplomatic action in greater numbers than Republicans, with 66% saying more can be done on the diplomatic front, compared to 50% of their GOP counterparts. In both instances, independents track closer to the Democratic viewpoint. Women and men in the poll register similar levels of agreement on both agreeing greater responsibility for ending the crisis lies with the U.S. and in their belief that more diplomatic efforts are needed. Among men, 74% embrace controlling Sudanese airspace, compared to 66% of women who agree.
The nationwide telephone poll of 1,007 likely voters, conducted March 14 through 16, has a margin of error of ± 3.2 percentage points.