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TABLE 7
Assessment of Promoting and Defending Human Rights Abroad,
LEADERS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC, 1978-1994

[% Very important]

1978 1982 1986 1990 1993 1994
GENERAL PUBLIC [CCFR] [CCFR] [CCFR] [CCFR] [T-M]* [CCFR]
All respondents 39 43 42 58 28 34
By party:
Republicans 34 35 43 57 20 23
Democrats 44 48 42 61 26 37
Independents 39 42 41 56 21 34
By ideology:
Conservatives 38 41 37 57 NA 29
Middle-of-the-road 36 46 41 56 NA 34
Liberals 47 44 52 64 NA 43
LEADERS
All respondents 36 41 44 45 22 26
By party:
Republicans 20 18 24 23 14 9
Democrats 37 46 54 48 36 46
Independents 46 32 42 47 26 24
By ideology:
Conservatives 16 15 26 27 12 NA
Middle-of-the-road 24 25 35 40 23 NA
Liberals 55 53 59 54 42 NA

* Reported percentages are for top priority responses.
NA = Question not asked
CCFR = Chicago Council on Foreign Relations
T-M = Times-Mirror Center for the People and Press survey



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