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TABLE 8
Assessment by U.S. Opinion Leaders of Promoting and Defending Human Rights as a U.S. Foreign Policy Goal, FPLP Surveys

[% Very important]

1980 1984 1988 1992
[N=2.502] [N=2.515][N=2.226][N=2.312]
All respondents27 33 39 38
By party:
Republicans 15 16 25 25
Democrats 36 47 53 52
Independents 26 35 36 35
By ideology:
Very conservative 14 10 21 17
Somewhat conservative 17 17 24 22
Moderate 26 30 36 38
Somewhat liberal 41 53 55 52
Very liberal 48 61 67 70
By foreign policy orientation:
Hard-liners 6 9 16 6
Isolationists 5 7 15 6
Internationalists 29 29 37 37
Accommodationists 38 47 51 48
By domestic policy orientation:
Conservatives NA* 13 19 18
Libertarians NA 23 33 40
Populists NA 28 31 33
Liberals NA 51 55 52

* NA = Questions used to develop the domestic policy orientation scale not asked



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