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Washington Post Poll: How Candidates Are Handling Issues

Tuesday, April 4, 2000

The latest Washington Post/ABC News poll is based on telephone interviews with 1,083 randomly selected adults nationwide conducted March 30 to April 2, 2000. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.0 percentage points.

*= less than 0.5 percent

1. How closely are you following the 2000 presidential race: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not closely at all?

            Very        Somewhat     Not too     Not closely     No
           closely      closely      closely       at all       opin.
4/2/00       17            36          24            23           0
3/11/00      21            40          21            17           0
2/27/00      24            46          20            10           *
2/6/00       19            48          21            13           0
1/16/00      11            39          26            24           *
12/15/99     12            33          31            24           *
10/31/99     16            45          25            13           *

2. I'd like you to rate the chances that you will vote in the 2000 presidential election in November: Are you absolutely certain to vote, will you probably vote, are the chances 50-50, or less than that?

                                                      Don't think
           Certain   Probably   Chances   Less than    will vote     No
           to vote     vote      50/50      50/50       (vol.)      opin.
4/2/00       62         14         9          9           5          *
3/11/00      63         14         9          9           4          *
2/27/00      69         12        10          4           5          *
2/6/00       67         12        10          8           3          *
1/16/00      65         14        10          6           4          *
12/15/99     64         13         8          9           6          1
10/31/99     72         11        10          5           3          *

3. If the election for president in November 2000 were being held today, and the candidates were (Al Gore, the Democrat), and (George W. Bush, the Republican), for whom would you vote?

Net Leaned Vote, Registered Voters:
                              Neither    Other    Wouldn't         No
               Gore    Bush    (vol.)    (vol.)    vote (vol.)    opin.
4/2/00          47      46       2         *          2             2
3/11/00         48      45       2         1          2             3
2/27/00         44      50       2         1          1             2
2/6/00          45      50       2         *          2             1
1/16/00         42      52       1         1          2             2
12/15/99        41      55       1         *          2             1
10/31/99        39      55       2         *          1             2
Net Leaned Vote, General Population:
                              Neither    Other    Wouldn't         No
               Gore    Bush    (vol.)    (vol.)    vote (vol.)    opin.
4/2/00          45      47       3         *          2             2
3/11/00         48      45       2         1          3             2
2/27/00         44      50       2         1          2             2
2/6/00          45      49       3         *          2             1
1/16/00         41      51       2         *          3             2
12/15/99        39      55       2         *          3             1
10/31/99        39      55       2         *          2             2
9/2/99          37      56       3         *          3             2
8/22/99         37      49       5         2          3             3
6/6/99          40      53       3         1          1             3
3/14/99         41      54       1         *          2             2
Unleaned, General Population:
                              Neither    Wouldn't       No
               Gore    Bush    (vol.)    vote (vol.)   opin.
10/25/98        34      45       7           1          13
8/21/98         41      43       6           2           7
1/19/98         40      45       5           2           7
9/23/97         35      40      12           4           9

4. (Asked of half sample) How important will (READ ITEM) be to you in deciding how to vote in the 2000 presidential election in November - very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?

4/2/00
                         ---Important----    ----Not important---     No
                         Very    Somewhat    Not too    Not at all    op.
A. Handling the issue
   of gun control         62        21           8           9         *
B. Reforming election
   campaign finance
   laws                   34        36          16          11         3
C. Protecting patients'
   rights in the health
   care system            70        21           5           3         1
D. Holding taxes down     67        25           5           4         *
E. Protecting the Social
   Security system        74        20           3           2         *
F. Handling the
   national economy       69        27           2           2         *
G. Handling crime         72        19           5           3         1
H. Handling foreign
   affairs                47        40           7           4         2
I. Improving education
   and the schools        76        18           2           3         *
J. Encouraging high moral
   standards & values     66        21           8           5         1
K. Managing the
   federal budget         66        26           4           3         1
L. Protecting the
   environment            55        34           8           3         0
M. Handling the abortion
   issue                  50        27          14           9         1
N. Handling the death
   penalty issue          37        35          17           9         1
O. Addressing women's 
   issues                 43        38          11           7         1
Trend where available:
A. Handling the issue of gun control
               ---Important----    ----Not important---      No
               Very    Somewhat    Not too    Not at all    opin.
4/2/00          62        21           8           9          *
10/31/99        61        24           8           6          1
9/2/99          56        25           9           9          1
B. Reforming election campaign finance laws
               ---Important----    ----Not important---      No
               Very    Somewhat    Not too    Not at all    opin.
4/2/00          34        36          16          11          3
10/31/99        40        38          14           5          3
9/2/99          30        40          17          11          1
C. Protecting patients' rights in the health care system
               ---Important----    ----Not important---      No
               Very    Somewhat    Not too    Not at all    opin.
4/2/00          70        21           5           3          1
10/31/99        75        19           4           2          1
9/2/99          65        26           5           4          *
3/14/99         71        21           6           2          1
D. Holding taxes down
               ---Important----    ----Not important---      No
               Very    Somewhat    Not too    Not at all    opin.
4/2/00          67        25           5           4          *
10/31/99        63        30           4           3          *
3/14/99         64        29           4           3          1
Compare to: Cutting taxes
               ---Important----    ----Not important---      No
               Very    Somewhat    Not too    Not at all    opin.
9/2/99          44        39           9          8           *
E. Protecting the Social Security system
               ---Important----    ----Not important---      No
               Very    Somewhat    Not too    Not at all    opin.
4/2/00          74        20           3           2          *
10/31/99        76        17           3           4          *
9/2/99          68        25           5           2          *
3/14/99         74        20           4           2          *
F. Handling the national economy
               ---Important----    ----Not important---      No
               Very    Somewhat    Not too    Not at all    opin.
4/2/00          69        27           2           2          *
10/31/99        79        17           2           2          1
9/2/99          74        21           2           2          1
3/14/99         80        14           3           2          1
G. Handling crime
               ---Important----    ----Not important---      No
               Very    Somewhat    Not too    Not at all    opin.
4/2/00          72        19           5           3          1
10/31/99        76        18           5           1          1
9/2/99          71        22           3           3          *
3/14/99         67        27           4           2          1
H. Handling foreign affairs
               ---Important----    ----Not important---      No
               Very    Somewhat    Not too    Not at all    opin.
4/2/00          47        40           7           4          2
10/31/99        56        33           7           3          *
9/2/99          54        34           8           3          1
3/14/99         59        32           6           2          1
I. Improving education and the schools
               ---Important----    ----Not important---      No
               Very    Somewhat    Not too    Not at all    opin.
4/2/00          76        18           2           3          *
10/31/99        79        16           3           2          *
9/2/99          79        16           2           2          1
3/14/99         73        19           4           3          1
J. Encouraging high moral standards & values
               ---Important----    ----Not important---      No
               Very    Somewhat    Not too    Not at all    opin.
4/2/00          66        21           8           5          1
10/31/99        64        25           7           4          1
9/2/99          67        20           8           3          2
3/14/99         60        26           7           6          1
K. Managing the federal budget
               ---Important----    ----Not important---      No
               Very    Somewhat    Not too    Not at all    opin.
4/2/00          66        26           4           3          1
10/31/99        76        20           3           2          *
9/2/99          74        21           3           1          1
3/14/99         74        22           2           *          2
L. Protecting the environment
               ---Important----    ----Not important---      No
               Very    Somewhat    Not too    Not at all    opin.
4/2/00          55        34           8           3          0
10/31/99        60        33           5           2          *
9/2/99          62        30           6           2          *
3/14/99         61        30           6           2          2
M. Handling the abortion issue
               ---Important----    ----Not important---      No
               Very    Somewhat    Not too    Not at all    opin.
4/2/00          50        27          14           9          1
10/31/99        44        28          15          11          1

5. (Asked of half sample) Which presidential candidate, (Gore) or (Bush), do you trust to do a better job on each of those issues? First is (INSERT ITEM)

Summary Table:
                                           Both     Neither      No
                           Gore    Bush   (vol.)     (vol.)     opin.
A. Handling the issue
   of gun control           41      45       2         5          6
B. Reforming election
   campaign finance
   laws                     39      44       2         8          8
C. Protecting patients'
   rights in the health
   care system              47      39       3         4          6
D. Holding taxes down       35      51       3         5          6
E. Protecting the Social
   Security system          43      43       4         4          6
F. Handling the
   national economy         41      47       3         4          5
G. Handling crime           35      50       4         4          7
H. Handling foreign
   affairs                  44      43       2         5          6
I. Improving education
   and the schools          48      39       4         4          6
J. Encouraging high moral
   standards & values       40      45       5         5          5
K. Managing the
   federal budget           46      43       3         4          4
L. Protecting the
   environment              56      32       4         3          5
M. Handling the abortion
   issue                    46      39       2         6          8
N. Handling the death
   penalty issue            37      46       2         5          9
O. Addressing women's 
   issues                   54      31       3         3          8
Trend:
                                          Both     Neither      No
                          Gore    Bush   (vol.)     (vol.)     opin.
A. Handling the issue
of gun control
4/2/00                     41      45       2         5          6
3/11/00                    47      36       3         7          6
10/31/99                   43      45       2         3          8
B. Reforming election
campaign finance laws
4/2/00                     39      44       2         8          8
3/11/00                    39      34       3        17          8
10/31/99                   38      44       2         9          7
C. Protecting patients' rights
in the health care system
4/2/00                     47      39       3         4          6
3/11/00                    51      31       5         7          6
10/31/99                   46      42       2         4          7
D. Holding taxes down
4/2/00                     35      51       3         5          6
3/11/00                    41      41       2        12          4
10/31/99                   34      53       2         6          4
E. Protecting the Social
Security system
4/2/00                     43      43       4         4          6
3/11/00                    48      35       3         8          6
10/31/99                   42      45       3         3          6
F. Handling the
national economy
4/2/00                     41       47       3        4          5
3/11/00                    43       47       2        4          3
10/31/00                   37       50       3        3          7
H. Handling foreign affairs
4/2/00                     44       43       2        5          6
3/11/00                    48       39       3        5          5
10/31/99                   36       53       3        4          4
I. Improving education
and the schools
4/2/00                     48       39       4        4          6
3/11/00                    44       44       4        5          3
10/31/99                   41       45       6        3          4
L. Protecting the environment
4/2/00                     56       32       4        3          5
3/11/00                    53       33       5        6          4
10/31/99                   51       35       5        4          5
M. Handling the abortion issue
4/2/00                     46       39       2        6          8
3/11/00                    38       39       3       11         10
10/31/99                   39       44       4        6          7

6. Regardless of how you might vote, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of (Gore/Bush), or perhaps you don't know enough to say. How about (Gore/Bush)?

4/2/00
                  Favorable   Unfavorable   No opinion
Al Gore               47          35             19
George W. Bush        50          31             19
Trend:
Al Gore
             Favorable   Unfavorable   No opinion
4/2/00          47           35            19
2/27/00         50           40            10
10/31/99        56           38             6
9/2/99          50           40            10
6/6/99          52           34            14
3/14/99         54           33            14
2/14/99         53           31            17
8/21/98         55           30            15
7/12/98         54           26            20
4/4/98          54           27            19
1/31/98         52           29            19
1/30/98         51           30            19
1/25/98         55           29            16
1/24/98         54           30            15
1/19/98         48           36            17
10/13/97        45           40            15
9/10/97         49           33            19
4/24/97         53           29            19
3/9/97          56           29            15
3/19/95         57           27            16
10/31/94        41           37            22
5/15/94         58           27            15
3/27/94         57           25            18
11/14/93        56           28            15
8/23/92 RV      52           19            29
7/19/92 RV      55           12            33
George W. Bush
             Favorable   Unfavorable   No opinion
4/2/00          50           31            19
2/27/00         49           39            11
10/31/99        69           24             8
9/2/99          61           23            16
6/6/99          54           15            30
3/14/99         54           14            32
2/14/99         51           13            36
1/19/98         34           13            53

7. (Asked of half sample) Please tell me whether the following statement applies to (Bush/Gore), or not?

4/2/00
                                  ------Bush-----     ------Gore------
                                               No                  No
                                  Yes    No    op.    Yes    No    op.
A. He understands the problems 
   of people like you             48     46     6     54     40     6
B. He is a strong leader          68     27     5     54     39     7
C. He would bring needed
   change to Washington           54     39     7     40     52     8
D. He has the knowledge of world 
   affairs it takes to serve 
   effectively as president       57     36     7     71     23     6
E. He has the best chance
   of winning in November         53     37    10     44     46    10
F. He often comes across as 
   insincere and somewhat phony   45     48     7     50     43     8
G. He's too liberal for me        NA     NA    NA     36     55     9
H. He's too conservative for me   32     61     7     NA     NA    NA
I. He can do a good job keeping 
   the economy strong             62     29     9     65     28     6
J. He has new ideas               53     39     8     56     38     6
K. He has the kind of 
   personality and temperament 
   it takes to serve 
   effectively as president       63     30     6     60     34     6
L. He's running a positive
   campaign                       58     35     7     69     23     7
M. He says what he really
   thinks, even if it's not
   politically popular            53     39     8     45     47     8
Trend (where available):
A. He understands the problems of people like you
                ------Bush------     ------Gore------
                Yes   No   No op.    Yes   No   No op.
4/2/00          48    46     6       54    40     6
3/11/00         47    47     6       55    39     5
2/27/00         43    51     6       49    47     5
2/6/00          43    52     5       50    47     4
1/16/00         46    49     6       46    47     7
12/15/99        47    46     7       46    49     6
10/31/99        54    39     7       57    38     4
9/2/99          50    39    11       47    45     8
6/13/99         NA    NA    NA       44    44    12
3/14/99         52    27    21       48    41    11
B. He is a strong leader
                ------Bush------     ------Gore------
                Yes   No   No op.    Yes   No   No op.
4/2/00          68    27     5       54    39     7
3/11/00         63    31     6       55    40     5
2/27/00         62    32     6       45    50     5
2/6/00          65    30     6       46    48     5
1/16/00         65    28     7       41    53     6
12/15/99        67    26     7       43    51     7
10/31/99        77    18     5       47    47     6
9/2/99          70    18    12       38    52    10
6/13/99         NA    NA    NA       39    51     9
3/14/99         68    13    20       41    47    12
C. He would bring needed change to Washington
                ------Bush------     ------Gore------
                Yes   No   No op.    Yes   No   No op.
4/2/00          54    39     7       40    52     8
3/11/00         50    43     7       43    51     6
2/27/00         46    50     4       33    62     4
2/6/00          48    46     6       38    56     6
1/16/00         49    43     8       33    60     7
12/15/99        52    40     8       33    60     7
10/31/99        61    32     7       36    57     7
9/2/99          56    32    12       34    56    11
D. He has the knowledge of world affairs it takes to serve effectively as
   president
                ------Bush------     ------Gore------
                Yes   No   No op.    Yes   No   No op.
4/2/00          57    36     7       71    23     6
2/27/00         55    39     6       70    25     5
2/6/00          52    42     6       69    26     5
1/16/00         49    40    10       65    28     8
12/15/99        54    38     8       68    27     6
11/14/99        59    36     6       NA    NA    NA
E. He has the best chance of winning in November
                ------Bush------     ------Gore------
                Yes   No   No op.    Yes   No   No op.
4/2/00          53    37    10       44    46    10
2/27/00         48    44     8       41    52     7
2/6/00          50    44     6       42    52     6
1/16/00         59    34     7       33    61     5
G. He's too liberal for me
                ------Bush------     ------Gore------
                Yes   No   No op.    Yes   No   No op.
4/2/00          NA    NA    NA       36    55     9
Compare to:
Do you think Gore's views on most issues are too liberal for
you, too conservative for you, or just about right?
            Too         Too        About      No
          liberal   conservative   right    opinion
3/11/00     30            9         53         7
2/27/00     35           10         49         7
2/24/00     36           11         43         9
2/6/00      36           11         46         7
9/2/99      35           12         46         7
3/14/99     31           10         44        15
H. He's too conservative for me
                ------Bush------     ------Gore------
                Yes   No   No op.    Yes   No   No op.
4/2/00          32    61     7       NA    NA    NA
Compare to:
Do you think Bush's views on most issues are too liberal for
you, too conservative for you, or just about right?
            Too         Too        About      No
          liberal   conservative   right    opinion
3/11/00     12           28         52         8
2/27/00     10           33         51         5
2/24/00     12           33         43        12
2/6/00      12           30         49         8
9/2/99      10           20         58        13
3/14/99      7           20         53        20
I. He can do a good job keeping the economy strong
                ------Bush------     ------Gore------
                Yes   No   No op.    Yes   No   No op.
4/2/00          62    29     9       65    28     6
2/27/00         59    34     7       58    36     7
9/2/99          64    21    15       50    39    11
3/14/99         60    16    24       50    32    18
J. He has new ideas
                ------Bush------     ------Gore------
                Yes   No   No op.    Yes   No   No op.
4/2/00          53    39     8       56    38     6
2/27/00         50    43     6       44    51     5
9/2/99          57    27    15       46    40    14
3/14/99         55    18    26       47    36    17
K. He has the kind of personality and temperament it takes to serve
effectively as president
                ------Bush------     ------Gore------
                Yes   No   No op.    Yes   No   No op.
4/2/00          63    30     6       60    34     6
2/27/00         64    31     5       60    37     4
9/2/99          67    21    12       52    40     8
Compare to:
                ----Clinton-----     -------Dole-------
                Yes   No   No op.    Yes   No   No op.
3/17/96         65    34     1       54    40     6
10/4/92 RV      66    28     7       NA    NA    NA
10/4/92 LV      66    27     7       NA    NA    NA
6/7/92          58    33     9       NA    NA    NA
M. He says what he really thinks, even if it's not politically popular
                ------Bush------     ------Gore------
                Yes   No   No op.    Yes   No   No op.
4/2/00          53    39     8       45    47     8
2/27/00         53    42     5       41    53     6
2/6/00          51    42     7       40    53     6
1/16/00         53    38     9       42    51     7
12/15/99        57    36     7       43    51     7

8. Thinking about his candidacy for president so far, how enthusiastic are you about (Gore/Bush) - very enthusiastic, fairly enthusiastic, not too enthusiastic, or not enthusiastic at all?

                ----Enthusiastic---    -----Not Enthusiastic-----     No
                NET   Very   Fairly    NET   Not too   Not at all    opin.
Gore
4/2/00          45     17     28       55      23          32         *
2/27/00         43     17     26       56      23          33         1
3/14/99         39     12     27       59      24          35         1
Bush
4/2/00          50     20     29       50      24          26         *
2/27/00         50     18     32       50      19          30         1
3/14/99         55     17     38       42      21          21         3
Compare to 7/17/95:
Bill Clinton    46     15     31       54      16          38         *
Bob Dole        35      8     27       64      24          39         1
Newt Gingrich   20      7     13       77      18          59         3
Phil Gramm      17      2     15       73      21          52        10
Colin Powell    48     15     33       46      17          29         6
Pat Buchanan    15      2     13       80      20          59         5
Ross Perot      24      9     15       75      18          58         *

9. Comparing the two political parties, which would you say (read item) - the (Democrats) or the (Republicans)?

Summary Table:
                                                Both    Neither     No
                             Dems.    Reps.    (vol.)    (vol.)    opin.
A. Does more to encourage 
   personal responsibility    39       49         2         5        5
B. Is more compassionate 
   toward those in need       61       28         2         5        4

10. Which of those would you personally say is more important in a political party - (doing more to encourage personal responsibility) or (having more compassion toward those in need).

                 Personal            More           No
              responsibility      compassion      opinion
4/2/00              48                45             7

11. Which political party would you say cares more about issues that are especially important to women - the (Democrats) or the (Republicans)?

                                            Both       Neither     No
            Democrats     Republicans      (vol.)      (vol.)    opinion
4/2/00         58             24              5           4         9

12. On another subject, do you think federal spending on education should be increased, decreased or kept about the same?

           ---------Increased---------                About the    No
           NET   Great deal   Somewhat    Decreased     same      opin.
4/2/00     65        42          23           8          26         2 
Compare to:
I am going to mention several general categories on which the federal
government spends money.  After each, please tell me whether you feel spending
for it should be increased, decreased or left about the same.
(Increase/Decrease) Is that increased/decreased a great deal or somewhat?
(Dec 18, 1982: I am going to mention several general categories on which the
government spends money.  After each, please tell me whether you feel spending
for it should be increased, decreased or left about the same.)
            -------Increase-------    -------Decrease-------    The     No
            NET   Great   Somewhat    NET   Great   Somewhat    same   opin.
8/1/83      75     NA        NA        3     NA        NA        22      *
12/18/82    62     35        27        7      4        10        31      1
2/20/81     43     17        26        15     2         5        41      1

13. Would you support or oppose a plan to reduce federal education funding to school districts whose students don't improve on standardized tests?

            Support    Oppose    No opinion
4/2/00         36        61           3

14. In areas where the local public schools are not improving, would you support or oppose the federal government giving parents money to send their children to private or religious schools instead?

            Support    Oppose    No opinion
4/2/00         46        51           3

15. On another subject, do you favor or oppose stricter gun control laws in this country? Is that strongly favor or somewhat favor/oppose?

            -----------Favor----------    ---------Oppose----------    No
            NET    Strongly   Somewhat    NET   Strongly   Somewhat   opin.
4/2/00      64        49         14       34       21         13       2
9/2/99      63        52         11       35       25         11       2
8/15/99     63        46         16       34       22         12       3
5/16/99     67        55         12       31       21         10       1
10/13/93*   64        40         24       33       20         13       3
6/8/89*     60        28         32       34       23         11       6
*Gallup: "Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose enacting tougher gun control laws?"

16. Do you think stricter gun control laws would reduce the amount of violent crime in this country, or not? (If yes: Would it reduce it a lot or just somewhat?)

          ---------Reduce---------
          NET    A lot    Somewhat    Not reduce    No opin.
4/2/00    51      24        26           48            2
9/2/99    50      30        21           48            1

17. What do you think is the best way to reduce gun violence in this country - (by passing stricter gun control laws), or (by stricter enforcement of existing laws)?

          Stricter     Stricter       Both     Neither      No
            laws      enforcement    (vol.)    (vol.)     opinion
4/2/00       33           53            7         5          2

18. Do you think the National Rifle Association has too much influence, too little influence, or the right amount of influence over gun control laws in this country?

          Too much    Too little    Right amount    No opinion
4/2/00       44           18             32              6
9/2/99       47           17             31              5
12/5/93*     45           15             27             13
*PSRA
19. Do you or does anyone in your house own a gun, or not?
           Yes    No    No opinion
4/2/00     43     56         *
9/2/99     44     56         *
5/16/99    46     53         *
20. On another subject, do you support or oppose stricter laws controlling the way political campaigns can raise and spend money?
            Support    Oppose    No opinion
4/2/00         66        28           7

21. Do you think stricter campaign finance laws would reduce the influence of money in politics, or not? (If yes: Would it reduce it a lot or just somewhat?)

           --------Reduce--------     Not        No
           NET   A lot   Somewhat    reduce    opinion
4/2/00     63     25        38         33         4

22. What do you think is the best way to reduce improper campaign fundraising - by passing stricter campaign finance laws, or by stricter enforcement of existing laws?

          Stricter     Stricter       Both     Neither      No
            laws      enforcement    (vol.)    (vol.)     opinion
4/2/00       49           40            4         2          5

23. Would you say you favor smaller government with fewer services, or larger government with many services?

                 Smaller govt.     Larger govt.            No 
                 fewer services    many services         opinion 
4/2/00                56                38                  7
8/16/98               59                35                  6
8/5/96                63                32                  5
7/8/92                55                38                  7
Compare to:
                 Smaller govt.     Larger govt.            No 
                 fewer services    many services         opinion 
1996   Rep Dels       98                 1                  1
       Dem Dels       33                45                 22
8/5/96 Gen Pop        63                32                  5
1992   Rep Dels       97                 2                  1
       Dem Dels       34                45                 20
7/8/92 Gen Pop        55                38                  7
1988   Rep Dels       90                 4                  6
       Dem Dels       18                62                 21
1984   Dem Dels       23                58                 19

24. How much of the time do you trust the government in Washington to do what is right? Would you say just about always, most of the time, or only some of the time?

                Just about                            None       No  
                  always       Most     Only some    (vol.)     opin.
4/2/00              4           26         64          5          *
2/14/99             3           29         63          4          1
8/27/98*            6           28         59          7          1
1/19/98             4           27         66          3          *
8/27/97             2           20         76         NA          1
5/6/96              5           29         62          4          *
11/19/95            3           22         67          6          1
3/19/95             3           19         69          8          1
10/31/94            2           18         75          4          *
1/23/94             3           21         68          8          1
1/17/93             5           23         67          5          1
1/27/91             7           39         52          2          *
10/21/91            8           28         58          5          1
3/4/91              7           38         52          3          *
1/27/91             7           39         52          2          *
9/9/90              7           35         55          2          1
1/16/90             8           31         58          3          *
1/23/88             6           34         59          2          *
6/1/87              9           39         51          1          *
1/18/87             7           37         55         NA          1
9/8/86              6           34         58          2          *
7/29/85             6           32         58          3          1
3/25/85             5           32         60          2          1
2/26/85             5           38         55          1          1
1982**              2           31         61          2          4
1980                2           23         69          4          2
1978                3           27         64          4          3
1976                3           30         62          1          3
1974                3           34         61          1          2
1972                5           48         44          1          2
1970                7           47         44          -          2
1968                7           54         36          -          2
1966               17           48         28          3          4
1964               14           62         22          -          2
1958               16           57         23          -          4
*How much of the time do you trust the government in Washington to
do the right thing?
**1982 and previous: Michigan-American National Election Study

25. I have a question about Elian Gonzalez, the six-year-old Cuban boy whose mother drowned when their boat sank off Florida and whose father lives in Cuba. Do you think the boy should be returned to his father in Cuba, or remain with his relatives who want to keep him in the United States?

                Return    Remain    No opin.
4/2/00            60        32         8
2/6/00            55        33        13
1/9/00*           52        36        12
12/12/99**        46        33        20
*Wording: As you may know, the U.S. immigration service has
decided that a six-year-old Cuban boy whose mother drowned when
their boat sank off Florida should be returned to his father in
Cuba. Other relatives in Florida want the boy to stay with them.
Do you think the boy should be returned to his father in Cuba, or
remain with his relatives in the United States?
**Wording:  As you may know, a six-year-old boy from Cuba was
rescued at sea off the coast of Florida recently. His mother
drowned and his father in Cuba wants the boy back. Do you think
the boy should be returned to his father in Cuba or should remain
with his relatives in the United States?

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