From the Publisher: Aug 14 1989

Few issues galvanize public opinion more than terrorism, and few journalistic devices can tap those feelings more succinctly than an opinion poll. This week we decided that our cover story on the hostage crisis in Lebanon needed an accurate reading of popular thought, so we asked our regular polling firm, Connecticut-based Yankelovich Clancy Shulman, to conduct a survey. On one day, 25 interviewers telephoned 500 people at random and asked them 22 questions for an average of six minutes. The results were put into computers and tabulated, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5% taken into account. They...

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