75% in Poll Oppose Giving Soviets Cash

Most Americans oppose giving the cash-strapped Soviets direct financial aid and fewer than half believe they should be given low-interest loans, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll published Thursday.

While many supported giving the Soviet Union humanitarian and technical assistance to restructure its failing economy, 75% said the United States should not offer the country cash grants.

The survey showed that a majority of Americans favored lifting most trade barriers between the two countries, but only 40% supported extending low-interest loans to the Soviet Union.

A poll in July, before last week’s failed coup attempt, showed 80% of Americans opposed cash aid and 35% opposed loans.