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TABLE 13
Attitudes Toward Human Rights Issues in the Chicago Council of Foreign Relations Surveys of Leaders: 1974-1986:
THE IMPACT OF IDEOLOGY

[% Agree strongly + Agree somewhat]

YearAllConservativesMiddle of roadLiberals
It is morally wrong to back military dictatorships that deny basic rights, even if we have military bases in those countries. 1974 72 51 67 82

The United States may have to support some dictators because they are friendly toward us and opposed to the Communists. 1978 63 75 73 45
1982 65 83 74 43

We should take a more active role in opposing the policy of apartheid--that is, racial segregation--in South Africa. 1974 59 22 51 78
1978 66 43 63 82
1982 79 57 74 91

Support total or partial economic sanctions on South Africa 1986 79 60 80 94

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 46 40 26
1978 30 49 40 19

The U.S. should put pressure on countries which systematically violate basic human rights. 1974* 87 80 87 90
1978 78 59 69 89

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




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