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Serbia/Yugoslavia (4)
All data are from nationwide surveys of Americans 18 & older.

June 1999 polls
May 1999 polls
April 1999 polls
Feb.-March 1999 polls -- see below


Polls listed chronologically.

 

Gallup/CNN/USA Today Poll. Latest: March 30-31, 1999. N=1,078 adults nationwide.

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"Next we have a few questions about the situation in the Kosovo region of Yugoslavia -- the area that has been in the news recently. As you may know, last week, the military alliance of Western countries called NATO launched air and missile attacks against Serbian military targets in Yugoslavia. Do you favor or oppose the United States being a part of that military action?"
%
Favor 53
Oppose 41
No opinion 6

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"Do you believe the United States, through its participation in the current NATO air attacks, will or will not accomplish its objectives in Kosovo?"
3/30-31 3/25
% %
Will 41 44
Will not 47 40
Has no objectives (vol.) 1 2
No opinion 11 14

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"How confident are you in President Clinton's ability to handle the situation in Kosovo: very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?"
%
Very confident 27
Somewhat confident 39
Not too confident 20
Not at all confident 13
No opinion 1

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"If the current NATO air and missile strikes are not effective in achieving the United States' objectives in Kosovo, would you favor or oppose President Clinton sending U.S. ground troops into the region, along with troops from other NATO countries?"
%
Favor 39
Oppose 57
No opinion 4

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"From what you've head or read, do you think the current NATO military action in Yugoslavia has made the situation in that region better or worse?"
%
Better 22
Worse 64
No difference (vol.) 6
No opinion 8

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"Looking ahead to when the current NATO military action in Yugoslavia has ended, do you think it will have made the situation in that region better or worse?"
%
Better 53
Worse 36
No difference (vol.) 5
No opinion 6

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Latest: March 28-30, 1999. N=939 adults nationwide.

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3/28-30 3/26-28 3/26 3/23 3/11-14
% % % % %
"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Clinton is handling the situation in Kosovo?"
Approve 54 51 51 48
Disapprove 30 31 32 39
No opinion 16 17 17 12

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"Do you think America's vital interests are at stake in the situation involving Kosovo, or not?"
Yes 47 42 39 41 27
No 42 44 51 54 57
No opinion 11 14 10 5 15

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"Would you consider the airstrikes against Serbia to be successful or unsuccessful if the bombing seriously damages Serbia’s military strength but the killing of civilians in Kosovo continues?"
Successful 36 33
Unsuccessful 45 48
Neither/Both (vol.) 5 5
No opinion 14 13

 

CBS News Poll. March 28, 1999. N=793 adults nationwide.

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3/28/99 3/24/99
% %
"NATO began bombing Serbian military targets because Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic refused to agree to a NATO plan to end his attacks against Kosovo. Do you think NATO airstrikes will be successful in stopping Serb attacks against Kosovo, or not?"
Yes 40
No 43
Don't know/No answer 17

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"Russian President Boris Yeltsin is opposed to the United States and NATO airstrikes against Serbia. Do you think the U.S. and NATO airstrikes will seriously damage United States relations with Russia, or not?"
Will seriously damage 36 32
Will damage, but not seriously (vol.) 7 10
Will not damage 48 49
Don't know/No answer 9 9

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"China is opposed to the United States and NATO airstrikes against Yugoslavia. Do you think the U.S. and NATO airstrikes will seriously damage United States relations with China, or not?"
Will seriously damage 32
Will damage, but not seriously (vol.) 3
Will not damage 50
Don't know/No answer 15

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"Do you think the United States should or should not be the primary peacekeeper for the world?"
Should 31
Should not 61
Don't know/No answer 8

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"How long do you think the United States and NATO airstrikes in Yugoslavia will continue: for another few days, for another week or two, for another month or two, or longer than that?"
Few days 7
Week or two 32
Month or two 24
Longer than that 22
Don't know/No answer 15

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"How likely is it that the United States will get bogged down in Yugoslavia's domestic turmoil for the foreseeable future: very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not at all likely?"
Very likely 26
Somewhat likely 47
Not too likely 14
Not at all likely 5
Don't know/No answer 8

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"How likely is it that the situation in Kosovo will become a more widespread war in neighboring countries and other parts of Europe: very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not at all likely?"
Very likely 14
Somewhat likely 40
Not too likely 29
Not at all likely 9
Don't know/No answer 8

 

Pew Research Center Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Assoc. March 24-28, 1999. N=1,488 adults nationwide.

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"There's been some talk about sending 4,000 U.S. troops, as part of a NATO peacekeeping force of about 30,000 troops, to help secure peace in Kosovo, Serbia. Do you approve or disapprove of sending U.S. troops to Kosovo?"
%
Approve 44
Disapprove 49
Don't know/Refused 7

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Form 2, asked 3/25-28:
"Here are some reasons being given for launching U.S. airstrikes to help secure peace in Kosovo, Serbia. For each one, please tell me whether, in your opinion, it is a very important reason, a somewhat important reason, a not too important reason, or not at all important reason for launching U.S. airstrikes. How about
[see below]? Is this a very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important reason for launching U.S. airstrikes?"
Very
Impor-
tant
Some-
what
Impor-
tant
Not
Too
Impor-
tant
Not
At All
Impor-
tant
Don't
Know/
Refused
% % % % %
"To prevent a larger war involving other countries in that part of Europe"
57 25 8 6 4

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"To prevent the killing of innocent citizens in Kosovo"
70 19 4 5 2

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"To prevent starvation and a major refugee problem in that region"
55 27 9 6 3

 

ABC News Poll. Latest: March 26, 1999. N=518 adults nationwide.

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"Do you feel you have a good basic understanding of the conflict involving Serbia and Kosovo, or would you say you really don't know that much about it?"
%
Understand 49
Don't know much 50
No opinion 1

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"There have been reports that, since the bombing began, Serbian forces have increased their attacks on civilians in Kosovo. Does this development make you more likely to support the airstrikes against Serbia, more likely to oppose the airstrikes, or what?"
%
Support 57
Oppose 29
No difference (vol.) 9
No opinion 5

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"Please tell me if you agree or disagree with the following statement: It would be worth the loss of some American soldiers' lives if the United States could help bring peace to Kosovo."
3/26/99 3/23/99
% %
Agree 45 37
Disagree 49 59
No opinion 6 4

 

CNN/Time Poll conducted by Yankelovich Partners. March 25, 1999. N=1,049 adults nationwide.

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ALL Repub-
licans
Indepen-
dents
Demo-
crats
% % % %
"Who do you trust more on issues of foreign policy: President Clinton or the Republicans in Congress?"
President Clinton 47 15 44 73
Republicans in Congress 36 76 36 12
Not sure 17 9 20 15

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the NATO airstrikes against Serbian targets in Yugoslavia and Kosovo?"
Approve 44 35 41 52
Disapprove 40 51 43 29
Not sure 16 14 16 19

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"If the Yugoslav government signs a peace agreement in Kosovo, would you favor or oppose sending in U.S. and NATO peacekeeping forces to enforce it?"
Favor 59 53 58 66
Oppose 34 44 35 26
Not sure 7 3 7 8

 

The Los Angeles Times Poll. March 25, 1999. N=544 adults nationwide.

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ALL Men Women
% % %
"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Clinton is handling the situation in Kosovo?"
Approve 51 46 55
Disapprove 31 35 27
Don't know 18 19 18
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"Do you think President Clinton has done an excellent job explaining why he sent American military forces to be part of the NATO air operation in Kosovo, or do you think he has done a good job, or only a fair job, or do you think he has done a poor job explaining why he sent American troops to be part of the NATO air operation in Kosovo?"
Excellent/Good 48 48 48
Fair/Poor 44 47 41
Don't know 8 5 11
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"Do you trust President Clinton and his advisors to make the right decision about launching airstrikes on Kosovo, or not?"
Trust them 59 54 64
Do not 35 39 31
Don't know 6 7 5
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"Do you approve or disapprove of the decision to send American military troops to be part of the NATO air operation against the Serbs?"
Approve 53 54 52
Disapprove 43 44 42
Don't know 4 2 6
.
"Do you think the U.S. action in Kosovo is morally justified, or not?"
Is justified 56 64 49
Is not 28 23 32
Don't know 16 13 19
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"Do you think it's worth risking the lives of American soldiers in order to demonstrate that Serbia should not get away with killing and forcing people from their homes, or not?"
Worth it 54 61 48
Not worth it 38 34 42
Don't know 8 5 10
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"Do you think that if the fighting is not stopped in Kosovo there is a chance war will spread to the neighboring Balkan countries and into Europe, or not?"
Yes 66 64 68
No 19 23 15
Don't know 15 13 17
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"President Clinton has said that the NATO strikes have three objectives: To demonstrate the seriousness of NATO's opposition to aggression and its support for peace; to deter Slobodan Milosevic, the Serbian leader, from escalating his attacks on civilians by imposing a military price for those attacks; and to damage Serbia's capacity to wage war in the future. Overall, do you think these are excellent, good, not so good or poor arguments in support of the U.S. and NATO's military forces launching airstrikes on Kosovo?"
Excellent/Good 67 69 65
Not so good/Poor 29 28 30
Don't know 4 3 5
.
"Another argument made by President Clinton is that it is the responsibility of the U.S. and NATO allies to stop the Serbs from their systematic campaign to kill or force ethnic Albanians from their homes. Do you think that's an excellent, good, not so good or poor argument in support of the U.S. and NATO's decision to launch airstrikes in Kosovo?"
Excellent/Good 66 68 65
Not so good/Poor 29 28 29
Don't know 5 4 6
.
"The U.S. and its NATO allies are using airstrikes and not ground troops against the Serbians in Kosovo. If the airstrikes are not successful in forcing the Serbians to accept a U.S.-sponsored peace deal, would you favor or oppose putting American ground troops in Kosovo?"
Favor 29 29 28
Oppose 64 68 61
Don't know 7 3 11
.
"Would you favor or oppose American ground troops acting as part of a NATO peacekeeping force in Kosovo once a cease-fire is reached?"
Favor 68 71 67
Oppose 26 27 24
Don't know 6 2 9
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"Do you think the airstrikes now underway are likely to make Milosevic sign a peace agreement or are the airstrikes more likely to strengthen his resolve to continue fighting?"
Sign peace agreement 36 38 35
Continue fighting 45 49 42
Don't know 19 13 23
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"Russia and China both opposed the U.S. and NATO airstrikes on Kosovo. Do you think this disagreement has the potential to cause permanent damage to their relationships with the U.S., or is it just a temporary disagreement over policy issues?"
Permanent 27 25 29
Temporary 66 71 60
Don't know 7 4 11
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"Do you think that the United States has the responsibility to play the role of 'world policeman,' that is, to fight violations of international law and aggression wherever they occur?"
Yes 38 44 32
No 53 49 57
Don't know 9 7 11

 

Fox News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. March 24-25, 1999. N=900 registered voters nationwide.

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"If it could bring peace, do you think the United States' involvement in a war in Kosovo is worth the loss of a few American soldiers’ lives; many, if necessary; or no American soldiers’ lives?"
ALL Men Women
% % %
A few 26 29 24
Many 7 13 3
None 56 47 62
Not sure 11 11 11

 

Gallup/CNN/USA Today Poll. Latest: March 25, 1999. N=675 adults nationwide.

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"Tonight we have some questions about the situation in the Kosovo region of Yugoslavia. As you may know, yesterday, the military alliance of Western countries called NATO launched air and missile attacks against Serbian military targets in Yugoslavia. Do you favor or oppose the United States being a part of that military action?"
%
Favor 50
Oppose 39
No opinion 11

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Clinton is handling the situation in Kosovo?"
%
Approve 58
Disapprove 32
No opinion 10

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"Do you think the United States needs to be involved in Kosovo in order to protect its own interests, or don't you think so?"
3/25/99 3/19-21/99 2/19-21/99
% % %
Needs to be 43 42 37
Don't think so 50 50 55
No opinion 7 8 8

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"Do you think the United States has a moral obligation to help keep the peace in Kosovo, or not?"
3/25/99 3/19-21/99 2/19-21/99
% % %
Does have 64 58 52
Does not 32 37 43
No opinion 4 5 5

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"Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the explanation Clinton has given for U.S. military involvement in the Kosovo crisis?"
%
Satisfied 49
Dissatisfied 28
Haven't heard explanation (vol.) 19
No opinion 4

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"Overall, do you trust Bill Clinton as commander-in-chief of the armed forces, or not?"
%
Yes 60
No 37
No opinion 3

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"Do you believe the United States, through its participation in the current NATO attack, will or will not accomplish its objectives in Kosovo?"
%
Will 44
Will not 40
Has no objectives (vol.) 2
No opinion 14

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"Now that the United States has taken military action with NATO against the Serbs, do you think the fighting will continue for just a few days, a matter of weeks, several months, or a year or more?"
%
Days 16
Weeks 32
Months 31
A year or more 14
No opinion 7

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"If the current NATO air and missile strikes are not effective in achieving the United States' objectives in Kosovo, would you favor or oppose President Clinton sending U.S. ground troops into the region to stop the Serbian attacks on Kosovo?"
%
Favor 31
Oppose 65
No opinion 4

 

CBS News Poll. March 24, 1999. N=527 adults nationwide.

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ALL Men Women
% % %
"Do you favor or oppose the United States and NATO conducting airstrikes against Serbia?"
Favor 50 57 44
Oppose 30 30 29
Don't know/No answer 20 13 27

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"How important to the interests of the United States is what happens in Serbia and Kosovo: very important, somewhat important, or not very important?"
Very important 35 31 38
Somewhat important 43 41 45
Not very important 16 22 10
Don't know/No answer 6 6 7

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"Do you think peace in Yugoslavia is worth the loss of American life and the other costs of attacking Yugoslavia, or not?"
Worth it 34 43 26
Not worth it 52 46 58
Don't know/No answer 14 11 16

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"Do you think there will be any loss of American life during these airstrikes against Yugoslavia, or not?"
Yes 68 66 71
No 21 25 17
Don't know/No answer 11 9 12

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"NATO began bombing Serbian military targets because Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic refused to agree to a NATO plan to end his attacks against Kosovo. Do you think President Milosevic can be forced to stop attacking Kosovo through NATO airstrikes, or not?"
Can be forced 53 59 47
Cannot be 27 29 26
Don't know/No answer 20 12 27

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"Russian President Boris Yeltsin is opposed to the United States and NATO airstrikes against Serbia. Do you think the U.S. and NATO airstrikes will seriously damage United States relations with Russia, or not?"
Will seriously damage 32 27 37
Will damage, but not seriously (vol.) 10 12 7
Will not damage 49 56 43
Don't know/No answer 9 5 13

 

The Gallup Poll. Latest: March 19-21, 1999. N=1,018 adults nationwide.

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3/19-21/99 2/19-21/99
% %
"Next, I have a few questions about the situation in Kosovo -- the area that has been in the news recently. Overall, how closely have you followed the situation in Kosovo: very closely, fairly closely, not too closely, or not at all?"
Very closely 9 4
Fairly closely 27 26
Not too closely 38 36
Not at all 25 33
No opinion 1 1

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"If a peace agreement is not reached between the Yugoslavian Serbs and Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority, NATO has said it would carry out air and missile attacks against Serb military installations. Would you favor or oppose the U.S. being a part of that military action?"
Favor 46 43
Oppose 43 45
No opinion 11 12

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"If a peace agreement is reached, NATO has proposed sending 30,000 peacekeeping troops to Kosovo, including about 4,000 U.S. troops. Would you favor or oppose the U.S. committing its troops as part of that peacekeeping force in Kosovo?"
Favor 60 54
Oppose 35 40
No opinion 5 6

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"If President Clinton is going to send U.S. troops to Kosovo do you think he should first get approval from Congress, or do you not think so?"
Should get approval 80 78
Don't think so 17 19
No opinion 3 3

 

The Gallup Poll. February 19-21, 1999. N=1,014 adults nationwide.

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"If U.S. troops are committed to Kosovo, would you favor setting a specific timetable for their withdrawal, or would you favor letting the timetable for withdrawal be established as events warrant?"
%
Specific timetable 43
As events warrant 50
No opinion 7

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"Just from what you might know, which of the following would you say best describes Kosovo? It is located in the Balkans region of Central Europe, north of Greece. It is located in Central Asia, and was part of the Soviet Union before it broke up. It is located in Central Africa, and was a former colonial possession. It is located in Southeast Asia, near Burma and Cambodia."
%
Balkans 42
Central Asia 26
Central Africa 4
Southeast Asia 4
No opinion 24

 

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