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Poll: African Public Says U.N. Has Right to Intervene to Stop Genocide; U.S. Public Also Favors U.N. Intervention in Darfur

Contact: Lloyd Hetherington of GlobeScan, 416-969-3805; or Steven Kull of Program on International Policy Attitudes, University of Maryland, 202-232-7500

COLLEGE PARK, Md., June 29 /U.S. Newswire/ -- While the leaders of African countries have shown strong resistance to non- African forces intervening in the crisis in Darfur, a GlobeScan poll finds that in eight African countries surveyed a majority (7 countries) or a plurality (1 country) believe the UN should have the right to intervene to stop human rights abuses such as genocide, and that the UN is the most popular force to intervene in situations like Darfur. Likewise, a PIPA- Knowledge Networks poll finds 61 percent favor the UN intervening in the crisis in Darfur, with 54 percent willing to contribute US troops. Seven in ten favor NATO, including the US, providing support to the African Union peacekeeping operation in Darfur.

Africa Poll:

The eight-nation GlobeScan poll of 10,809 Africans found that overall, 65 percent of Africans interviewed believe the UN Security Council should have the right to authorize the use of military force to prevent severe human rights violations such as genocide, while just 19 percent are opposed. Support was strongest among those in Ghana (80 percent), Kenya (75 percent), Nigeria (66 percent), Tanzania (66 percent), Zimbabwe (65 percent), and Cameroon (64 percent), while milder support was found among Angolans (55 percent) and South Africans (47 percent).

Africans also show widespread openness to the idea of multilateral military intervention in their own country in the event of a conflict "like Darfur." When asked who they would prefer to intervene in the event of such a conflict, UN military troops received the widest endorsement (30 percent), followed by the African Union (22 percent).

U.S. Poll:

A new PIPA-Knowledge Networks poll of 812 Americans finds majority support for several forms of intervention in the crisis in Darfur. Asked whether UN members should "step in with military force to stop the violence in Darfur," 61 percent said that it should, while 32 percent said that it should not. This support was bipartisan: 67 percent of Republicans and 62 percent of Democrats favored it. Independents were a bit lower at 52 percent.

A majority, albeit a slightly smaller one, also favored contributing US troops to a multilateral operation in Darfur. Here again support was quite bipartisan. Fifty-seven percent of Republicans and 56 percent of Democrats favored contributing US troops.


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