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TABLE 10
Attitudes Toward Human Rights Issues in the Chicago Council of Foreign Relations Surveys of Leaders: 1974-1986:
THE IMPACT OF PARTY

[% Agree strongly + Agree somewhat]

YearAllRepublicansIndependentsDemocrats
It is morally wrong to back military dictatorships that deny basic rights, even if we have military bases in those countries. 1974 72 57 73 80

The United States may have to support some dictators because they are friendly toward us and opposed to the Communists. 1978 63 83 54 59
1982 65 84 60 52

We should take a more active role in opposing the policy of apartheid--that is, racial segregation--in South Africa. 1974 59 31 61 72
1978 66 48 77 68
1982 79 62 75 89

Support total or partial economic sanctions on South Africa 1986 79 65 73 95

How the Soviet Union handles the treatment of Jews or other minority groups is a matter of internal Soviet politics and none of our business. 1974 34 45 41 22
1978 30 48 22 34

The U.S. should put pressure on countries which systematically violate basic human rights. 1974* 87 84 89 88
1978* 78 57 87 76

Differences significant at the .001 level unless indicated otherwise by asterisk [*].




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