World: A Surge of Hope in the U.S.

In the roseate afterglow of Anwar Sadat's historic visit to Israel, Americans experienced a powerful surge of hope for peace in the Middle East. About 86% of Americans believe that the Egyptian President's initiative increased the chances for peace. That mood of confidence was shared, overwhelmingly, by citizens of every political stripe, including 87% of Republicans, 84% of Democrats and 90% of Independents. These are some of the results of a nationwide survey of 1,050 registered voters conducted for TIME by the opinion-research firm of Yankelovich, Skelly and White Inc.

The poll showed that the public image of Egypt and Israel...

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