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  Washington Post-ABC News Poll: Kosovo

Wednesday, April 28, 1999

The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll is based on random telephone interviews with 757 adults on April 25 and 26, 1999. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

LV = Likely voter
RV = Registered voter
* = Less than 0.5 percent

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Clinton is handling his job as president?

           ------Approve-----------    -------Disapprove--------   No
           NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly  opin.
4/26/99     60     NA         NA         37      NA        NA       3
3/14/99     64     38         26         34       9        25       3
2/14/99     68     46         22         30       7        23       2
2/12/99     67     NA         NA         31      NA        NA       2
2/7/99      66     45         21         33       9        24       1
1/30/99     65     43         22         33       7        26       2
1/19/99     66     NA         NA         32      NA        NA       2
1/13/99     63     NA         NA         34      NA        NA       3
1/10/99     62     NA         NA         36      NA        NA       1
12/20/98    67     48         20         30       6        23       3
12/19/98    66     47         19         31       7        24       3
12/13/98    64     43         21         35      10        25       2
12/11/98    60     NA         NA         37      NA        NA       3
11/22/98    61     NA         NA         34      NA        NA       5
11/7/98     63     NA         NA         36      NA        NA       1
11/1/98     65     41         25         33      10        23       1
11/1/98  LV 58     40         18         41      10        31       1
1/10/98     67     48         19         30       8        23       3
10/10/98LV  61     47         14         38       8        30       1
10/25/98    62     40         22         32       8        23       6
10/25/98 LV 58     42         15         40       8        32       2
10/18/98    62     40         22         34       9        25       4
10/18/98 LV 57     39         18         41       7        34       2
9/28/98     63     42         21         35       8        26       2
9/28/98  LV 57     43         14         43       6        37       1
9/21/98     60     NA         NA         39      NA        NA       1
9/14/98     59     NA         NA         37      NA        NA       4
9/13/98 eve 60     NA         NA         38      NA        NA       2
9/13/98 day 59     NA         NA         37      NA        NA       3
9/12/98     59     NA         NA         39      NA        NA       3
9/11/98     56     NA         NA         42      NA        NA       3
9/9/98      57     NA         NA         40      NA        NA       3
8/23/98     64     NA         NA         33      NA        NA       3
8/21/98     66     41         25         31      10        21       3
8/20/98     65     NA         NA         32      NA        NA       3
8/19/98     60     NA         NA         38      NA        NA       2
8/17/98     61     NA         NA         36      NA        NA       3
8/16/98     62     NA         NA         33      NA        NA       4
7/29/98     63     NA         NA         33      NA        NA       4
7/12/98     63     34         29         31      11        20       6
6/18/98     59     NA         NA         34      NA        NA       7
6/2/98      61     NA         NA         34      NA        NA       5
5/12/98     64     NA         NA         32      NA        NA       4
4/4/98      65     NA         NA         31      NA        NA       4
4/1/98      66     NA         NA         29      NA        NA       4
3/17/98     66     NA         NA         30      NA        NA       4
3/16/98     63     NA         NA         34      NA        NA       3
2/18/98     67     NA         NA         30      NA        NA       3
1/31/98     67     42         24         29      10        19       4
1/30/98     69     NA         NA         27      NA        NA       4
1/29/98     68     NA         NA         27      NA        NA       5
1/26/98     60     NA         NA         35      NA        NA       4
1/25/98     59     31         28         37      13        25       4
1/24/98     57     30         26         40      13        27       3
1/19/98     60     24         36         35      15        19       5
1/13/98     62     NA         NA         31      NA        NA       7
11/12/97    59     NA         NA         35      NA        NA       6
10/13/97    59     NA         NA         36      NA        NA       6
8/27/97     58     NA         NA         37      NA        NA       5
7/8/97      64     NA         NA         31      NA        NA       5
6/8/97      59     NA         NA         36      NA        NA       5
4/24/97     56     NA         NA         39      NA        NA       5
3/25/97     56     NA         NA         33      NA        NA      11
3/9/97      55     NA         NA         41      NA        NA       4
10/8/96 LV  58     NA         NA         38      NA        NA       4
10/8/96 RV  59     NA         NA         37      NA        NA       4
9/4/96  RV  57     NA         NA         38      NA        NA       4
8/5/96      59     NA         NA         37      NA        NA       4
6/30/96     56     NA         NA         39      NA        NA       5
5/22/96     58     20         37         39      17        22       3
3/31/96     52     21         30         40      16        25       8
3/7/96      53     19         34         45      19        26       2
3/10/96     55     23         32         40      17        24       4
4/21/96     51     NA         NA         43      NA        NA       6
1/7/96      53     22         31         43      16        28       4
11/19/95    54     NA         NA         41      NA        NA       5
11/13/95    54     20         34         41      20        21       5
10/1/95     52     17         35         43      19        24       5
7/17/95     51     14         37         45      20        25       4
6/8/95      47     NA         NA         45      NA        NA       8
5/14/95     56     20         36         41      23        18       3
3/19/95     52     17         35         45      19        26       3
3/5/95      46     NA         NA         49      NA        NA       4
1/29/95     54     20         34         43      21        22       3
1/4/9       45     13         31         51      22        29       5
12/20/94    44     NA         NA         50      NA        NA       6
11/6/94  RV 52     20         32         43      16        26       5
10/31/94    48     17         31         49      19        30       3
10/23/94    49     18         31         48      19        29       4
10/9/94     45     13         32         51      21        30       4
9/25/94     44     13         31         51      20        31       5
9/11/94     46     15         30         51      19        33       3
8/16/94     44     NA         NA         51      NA        NA       5
8/7/94      47     17         31         47      20        27       5
6/26/94     50     16         34         44      17        28       6
5/15/94     51     19         32         44      17        28       4
3/27/94     57     23         34         41      16        25       3
3/22/94     47     NA         NA         45      NA        NA       7
3/08/94     52     NA         NA         40      NA        NA       8
2/27/94     58     20         38         38      15        23       4
1/23/94     56     22         34         34      14        20      10
1/9/94      59     20         39         36      15        21       4
12/19/93    58     22         36         40      20        20       3
11/14/93    49     16         33         45      20        25       6
10/31/93    52     17         35         41      17        24       7
10/10/93    51     20         31         43      18        25       5
10/3/93     52     19         33         36      14        22      12
9/19/93     51     NA         NA         41      NA        NA       8
8/8/93      45     16         29         51      19        32       4
6/28/93     43     13         29         50      19        31       7
6/15/93     45     NA         NA         48      NA        NA       7
5/23/93     46     17         30         48      18        30
4/26/93     59     22         37         39      17        21       2
2/28/93     60     28         32         33      11        22       7
2/23/93     63     28         35         30      11        19       7
2/14/93     54     23         31         31      15        16      15
2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Clinton is handling the situation in Kosovo?
          Approve    Disapprove    No opinion
4/26/99       56          36             9
4/8/99        56          38             6
4/6/99        60          34             6
4/5/99        57          36             8
3/30/99       54          30            16
3/28/99       51          31            17
3/26/99       51          32            17
3/23/99       48          39            12
3. Do you support or oppose the United States and its European allies conducting air strikes against Serbia?
           Support    Oppose    No opinion
4/26/99       65        30           5
4/8/99        64        32           4
4/6/99        67        30           3
4/5/99        68        29           3
3/30/99       55        33          11
3/28/99       55        33          12
3/26/99       60        31           9
Compare to:
3/23/99*      47        47           6
3/14/99**     26        62          12
*The United States and its European allies have said they may bomb military targets in Serbia because it won't agree to a peace plan for Kosovo. If Serbia does not agree to the peace plan, should the United States participate in bombing Serbia, or not?
**The United States has said it may bomb Serbia unless Serbia agrees to a peace plan for Kosovo. If Serbia does not agree to the peace plan, should the United States bomb Serbia or not? 4. Suppose the bombing does NOT stop Serbia's military action in Kosovo. Would you support or oppose the United States and its European allies sending in ground troops to try to end the conflict in Kosovo? Support Oppose No opin.
4/26/99:  Send in ground troops    56       40        4
  ..if some casualties*            45       52        3
4/8/99: Send in ground troops      57       39        4
  ..if some casualties*            44       50        5
  ..if 100 casualties**            37       57        6
  ..if 500 casualties***           31       62        7
  ..1,000 casualties****           26       66        7
4/6/99: Send in ground troops      57       39        5
4/5/99: Send in ground troops      55       41        4
*(IF SUPPORT GROUND TROOPS in q4) Would you support or oppose sending in ground troops if there was a good chance that some U.S. soldiers would be killed in the fighting?
**(IF SOME).. if there was a good chance that up to 100 U.S. soldiers would be killed in the fighting?
***(IF 100) up to 500?
****(IF 1000) up to 1,000?
5. Just your best guess, do you think the United States is going to get into a ground war in Kosovo, or not?
             Yes    No    No opinion
4/26/99      62     34       4
4/8/99       60     36       5
6. As you may know, some civilians have been killed in the air strikes against Serbia by the United States and its European allies. Do you think that the United States and its European allies are not being careful enough to avoid civilian casualties, or do you think these are just unavoidable accidents of war?
             Not being         Unvoidable         No
          careful enough    accidents of war    opinion
4/26/99         19                 78              3
7. As of now, which side do you think is winning the Kosovo conflict - (Serbia), or (the United States and its European allies)?
                        US and its        Neither        No
           Serbia    European allies    draw (vol.)    opinion
4/26/99      25             47              21            6
8. As you may know, the United States is committing additional aircraft to the air strikes against Serbia, and says it will call up as many as 33,000 members of the military reserves and the National Guard to help support those aircraft. Do you support or oppose this increase in U.S. involvement in the military action against Serbia?
          Support    Oppose    No opinion
4/26/99     62         35           3
9. How much do you trust President Clinton to make the right decisions about the military confrontation in Serbia: Do you trust him a lot, a good amount, only a little, or not at all?
        ---A lot/Good Amount---    ------Little/Not at all-------   No
        NET  A lot  Good amount    NET  Only a little  Not at all opin.
4/26/99  59    23       36          40       21           19         1
4/6/99   57    29       28          42       24           18         1
10. Considering everything, do you think the United States did the right thing in getting involved in a military conflict in Serbia, or do you think it was a mistake?
             Yes, right thing    No, mistake    No opinion
4/26/99            56                41             2
4/6/99             58                40             2
11. Do you think the United States is heading for the same kind of involvement in Serbia as it had in the Vietnam war, or do you think the United States will avoid that kind of involvement this time?
            Another Vietnam      Will avoid that    No opin.
4/26/99          31                   65               4
For Comparison: Bosnia
11/29/95         33                   61               6
For comparison: Persian Gulf
4/3/91*           8                   89               3
1/20/91*         11                   86               3
12/5/90          32                   66               3
11/15/90         26                   69               5
9/9/90           18                   78               4
8/20/90          22                   74               4
*Wording change: "Persian Gulf" in place of "Middle East" 12. As you may know, strategy in the military action against Serbia has to be approved by the United States and the European countries in the NATO alliance. How well do you think the NATO allies are working together in deciding how to proceed - very well, somewhat well, somewhat badly or very badly?
          -------Well----------    -------Badly--------        No
          NET    Very    Smewht    NET    Very    Smewht    opinion
4/26/99   73      20       53      21       5       16          6

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