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NEW POLL FINDS RIGHTWARD SHIFT IN PUBLIC BACKING FOR U.N. AS SECRETARY GENERAL MEETS WITH PRESIDENT BUSH

 NEW POLL FINDS RIGHTWARD SHIFT IN PUBLIC BACKING FOR U.N.
 AS SECRETARY GENERAL MEETS WITH PRESIDENT BUSH
 NEW YORK, May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- As President Bush receives new United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali at the White House today, a new Roper Organization survey on U.S. public attitudes toward the United Nations finds increased approval for U.N. performance among American conservatives and men, and a growing apprehensiveness among liberals and women. The survey, commissioned by the United Nations Association of the United States (UNA-USA) and underwritten by a grant from The Hitachi Foundation, also finds steady growth over the past several years for multilateral rather than unilateral action to deal with issues as diverse as international trade and conflict resolution.
 The Roper survey finds that: 45 percent say the U.N. "is doing a good job in dealing with the problems it has had to face," while 35 percent say it is doing a "poor job." The numbers in UNA's 1989 survey were 38 percent to 29 percent.
 The rise in favorable job ratings has been entirely among men, who now say the U.N. is doing a "good job" by a 14-point margin (50- 36 percent). In 1989, men gave the U.N. slightly negative ratings (35-38 percent). Among women, the change has been entirely to the "poor job" side (40-34 percent), compared to (41-20 percent) in 1989
 Republicans now see the U.N. as doing a good job by a 23-point margin (52-29 percent), compared to a 6-point edge in 1989; Democrats, who rated its performance favorably by 14 points in 1989, now do so by a margin of 6 points (44-38 percent).
 In two areas, an absolute majority of the public says it favors the United States and other government providing "more money" to the United Nations: drug control and environment. At the bottom of the priority list were world economic governance, development aid for poor countries and "promotion of democracy around the world."
 The poll finds an increase in support, between 6 and 9 percentage points, for multilateral over unilateral measures in dealing with various issues.
 The poll was conducted the second week of March through in-person interviews with a total of 1,994 respondents and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points. The project is one component of the Hitachi Foundation's policy-oriented initiative on the emerging world order.
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