Soviets Friendly Toward Americans, Survey Says

From United Press International

Seven out of every 100 Soviet citizens have a deep affection for Americans and 64% expressed friendliness, a Soviet survey said Tuesday. Only 0.2% were “openly hostile” toward the United States.

The poll of 800 people across a broad spectrum of Soviet society also showed that most people hope that President-elect Bush will continue the policies of rapprochement initiated by President Reagan. A majority said they believe U.S.-Soviet relations will improve under Bush.

“Soviet people have friendly feelings toward Americans,” the official news agency Tass said in reporting results of the poll by the Institute of Sociological Studies of the U.S.S.R. Academy of Sciences.