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Majority supports Libya mission

Seven out of 10 Norwegians support their country’s involvement in enforcing the no-fly zone over Libya, according to a new opinion poll.

Six F-16 fighter jets have been sent from Norway to participate in the multinational mission. The survey, undertaken by research firm Respons Analyse for newspaper Aftenposten, showed that only 17 percent of the 1,000 people questioned were opposed to Norway’s involvement in the military operation, with a further 12 percent undecided.

The detailed study showed that the most supportive group were highly-paid, well-educated men between 30 and 44 years old. The poll also found strong support for the campaign across different political parties. Those least in favour were voters for the conservative Progress Party (Frp), but 61 percent of Frp supporters nonetheless supported the mission, with only 29 percent against.

The solid support comes despite a second mistaken bombing by international forces recently, which killed 10 rebels in the city of Brega. The poll for Aftenposten did not explicitly ask whether respondents supported bombing targets on the ground.

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