Assessing the Performance

Although the capital was awash with expressions of support for Oliver North, reaction to the Marine lieutenant colonel among the public at large was more qualified. In a poll taken for TIME last Thursday evening by Yankelovich Clancy Shulman,* 60% of those surveyed call themselves "sympathetic" to % North, but no more than 51% of the respondents judge North to be totally truthful.

Which of these descriptions do you feel describe Lieut. Colonel North?

Does not

Describes describe Not sure

A reckless adventurer 15% 72% 13%

A national hero 29% 61% 10%

A true patriot 67% 24% 9%

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