A strong majority of U.S. adults think America should steer clear of Egypt after the military deposed President Mohamed Morsi, according to a United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll.

Most people are unsure if the Middle Eastern nation is a friend or foe, the survey found, an ambiguity that at least partially explains why Americans are reluctant to help the country as it writhes with violence. Even measures that fall well short of direct involvement, like offering greater financial assistance, fail to garner even meager support.

The findings are a warning to President Obama, should he consider stepping up the country’s involvement there. And it’s yet another reminder that after a decade-plus of wars, the American public remains deeply skeptical of any involvement, economically or militarily, abroad.