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Poll: Support for NATO strikes, and ground troops, growing

By Keating Holland/CNN

April 15, 1999
Web posted at: 2:21 p.m. EDT (1821 GMT)

WASHINGTON (April 15) -- A bare majority of Americans now support sending U.S. ground troops into the Kosovo region if current NATO airstrikes are not effective in achieving U.S. objectives there, according to the latest CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll.

But a majority oppose sending U.S. ground troops to serve right now in combat situations in Kosovo.

Support for U.S. participation in NATO air attacks against Serbian military targets in Yugoslavia now stands at 61 percent, and an identical number of Americans approve of the way Bill Clinton is handling the situation in Kosovo.

The survey of 1,069 adult Americans was conducted on April 13-14, 1999. Questions have a margin of sampling error of +/- three percentage points unless otherwise indicated.

As you may know, the military alliance of Western countries called NATO has 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?

Favor61%
Oppose35

Now61%
April 6-758
March 30-3153%
March 2550

Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Clinton is handling the situation in Kosovo?

Approve61%
Disapprove34

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?

Favor52%
Oppose45

Now52%
April 6-747
March 30-3139%
March 2531

Now thinking about the current situation in Kosovo, would you favor or oppose sending U.S. ground troops, along with troops from other NATO countries, to serve in a combat situation in the region right now?

Favor43%
Oppose53

Support for sending troops into combat right now:

Now43%
April 6-741

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