The View from the Street Corner

Americans feel anxiety, but little antagonism toward the Soviets

When Ronald Reagan won the presidency by a landslide, he seemed to have a national mandate backing his repeated calls for stronger U.S. defenses and a forceful response to any Soviet challenge. But how solid is that support three years later?

To help answer this question, TIME commissioned a special poll by Yankelovich, Skelly & White, Inc. The results indicate that a great many Americans have reservations about the Reagan Administration's policies toward the Soviet Union. Although most of them approve of the President's assertive...

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