Half of Americans say U.S. should cut off military aid to Egypt and President Obama not 'tough enough'

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It is a fluid situation in Egypt with many moving parts, and the diplomatic nuances are many. Still, half of the nation prefers U.S. military aid be cut off to Egypt, and an equal number think President Obama has not been “tough enough” on the Egyptian military as violence continues against anti-government protestors.

So say a nimble new poll from the Pew Research Center released Monday.

The numbers:

51 percent of Americans say the U.S. should cut off military aid to Egypt; 56 percent of Republicans and 49 percent of Democrats agree.

50 percent overall say President Obama has not been ‘tough enough’ on violence against anti-government protesters in Egypt; 63 percent of Republicans and 47 percent of Democrats agree.

45 percent say the Egyptian military would provide better leadership in Egypt; 52 percent of Republicans and 46 percent of Democrats agree.

26 percent overall say it’s better to continue military aid to Egypt.

25 percent overall don’t know who provides the best leadership in Egypt.

19 percent overall say neither the Muslim Brotherhood nor the military can provide leadership.

12 percent say President Obama’s response to the Egyptian issue is “about right.”

11 percent favor the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Source: A Pew Research Center poll of 1,000 U.S. adults conducted April 15-18.

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