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Obama seen as 'cautious and consultative'

From NBC's Kevin Hurd
Almost half -- 48% -- labeled Obama as a "cautious and consultative" commander-in-chief, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Highlighting the partisan split in the country, another 36%, however, called him "indecisive and dithering."

Just 17% called him "strong and decisive."

A little more than one-third of Americans see President Obama as an "indecisive and dithering" commander-in-chief.

The new poll of 975 people asked respondents to describe the president's leadership style as Commander-In-Chief.

It also gauges how the public feels about U.S. involvement in Libya.

Julia Clark, IPSOS Public Affairs Director, tells Reuters, "the data suggest he is perceived to be more consultative in his approach, which may distinguish him in the minds of the American public from his predecessor, George W. Bush, who was not perceived to be.

On U.S. involvement in Libya, 60% said they "support the United States and its allies bombing Libya to impose a no-fly zone to protect civilians from Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi's forces." Another 40% said they are opposed.

In the poll, 79% said they would support the U.S. and its allies trying to remove Khaddafy. A small minority support deploying grounds troops -- only seven percent said they would support that idea.