June 24, 1999 - Connecticut Voters 10 - 1 Support Kosovo Peace Plan, Quinnipiac College Poll Finds; But They Don't Think U.S. Won, Or Peace Will Last
By an 87 - 8 percent margin, Connecticut voters support the basic Kosovo peace agreement, where NATO ended its bombing and Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic withdrew Serbian military forces from Kosovo, according to a Quinnipiac College Poll released today.

The U.S. did the "right thing" getting involved in Kosovo, 67 percent of voters tell the independent Quinnipiac College Poll, while 28 percent say the U.S. should have stayed out. And by a similar 71 - 26 percent margin, Connecticut voters favor sending U.S. ground troops to serve as peace keepers in Kosovo.

But 75 percent of voters say neither side "won" in Kosovo, while 16 percent say the U.S. and NATO won and 4 percent say Milosevic won.

And 82 percent of voters do not expect the recent agreement will lead to long-term peace in Yugoslavia, while 10 percent say the deal will lead to peace.

"This poll is mixed news for President Clinton. Connecticut voters overwhelmingly approve of the peace agreement and by a 2 - 1 margin they approve of the way he is handling the situation in Kosovo," said Quinnipiac College Poll Director Douglas Schwartz.

"Clinton's overall job approval, however, remains at 53 percent. He was doing better than that during the impeachment process, with approvals in the high 50s to mid 60s."

By a 61 - 30 percent margin, Connecticut voters approve of the way Clinton is handling Kosovo, with Republican approval at 44 - 46 percent, a tie, while Democrats approve 75 - 15 percent and independents approve 63 - 30 percent.

Clinton's overall approval is 53 - 45 percent, with Republican voters going 23 - 76 percent negative, Democrats approving 78 - 19 percent and independents approving 54 - 44 percent.

Twenty percent of Connecticut voters give Clinton "a lot" of the credit for the Kosovo peace agreement, while 44 percent give him "some" of the credit; 21 percent give him "only a little" of the credit and 14 percent give him "none at all."

Voter approval of Connecticut's statewide leaders remains high, with Gov. John Rowland getting a healthy 67 - 26 percent grade.

U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman enjoys a huge 71 - 19 percent approval rating, while Sen. Christopher Dodd's approval is a hefty 65 - 25 percent approval.

"Sen. Lieberman continues to be extremely popular in Connecticut, with one of the highest approval ratings the Quinnipiac College Poll has ever measured in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut," Schwartz said.

"Any challenger to Lieberman in 2000 will surely face an uphill battle."

From June 15 - 21, Quinnipiac College surveyed 1,496 Connecticut residents who say they are registered voters. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac College Poll conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut as a public service and for research.

For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Rowland is handling his job as Governor of Connecticut?
                                                                          May 4
                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     1999


Approve 67% 86% 52% 65% 68% 65% 63%

Disapprove 26 11 39 27 26 26 26

DK/NA 7 3 9 8 6 8 11



2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joseph Lieberman is handling his job as United States Senator?

                                                                          May 5
                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     1999


Approve 71% 65% 75% 73% 70% 72% 67%

Disapprove 19 24 17 17 22 16 19

DK/NA 10 11 8 10 8 12 14

3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christopher Dodd is handling his job as United States Senator?

                                                                          May 5
                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     1999


Approve 65% 46% 83% 65% 61% 68% 61%

Disapprove 25 46 9 24 30 21 25

DK/NA 10 8 8 11 9 11 14



4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Clinton is handling his job as President?

                                                                          May 5
                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     1999


Approve 53% 23% 78% 54% 47% 57% 53%

Disapprove 45 76 19 44 51 40 44

DK/NA 2 1 4 1 2 2 4



26. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Clinton is handling the situation in Yugoslavia involving Serbia and Kosovo?

                                                                         May 5
                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     1999


Approve 61% 44% 75% 63% 60% 62% 52%

Disapprove 30 46 15 30 34 27 40

DK/NA 9 9 10 7 6 11 8



27. Do you think the United States did the right thing in getting involved in Kosovo, or should we have stayed out?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes/Did right thing 67% 58% 74% 67% 67% 66%

No/Should have stayed out 28 36 18 29 29 27

DK/NA 6 6 7 4 4 7



28. Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic has agreed to NATO demands that Yugoslavia withdraw all Serbian military forces from Kosovo and allow the ethnic Albanian refugees to return there. In return, NATO has agreed to end the air strikes in Yugoslavia. Do you favor or oppose that agreement?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favor 87% 88% 89% 86% 88% 87%

Oppose 8 8 5 10 8 8

DK/NA 5 4 6 4 4 5



29. Do you favor or oppose sending U.S. ground troops along with troops from other countries to serve as peacekeepers in Kosovo?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favor 71% 66% 76% 72% 73% 70%

Oppose 26 32 20 25 25 26

DK/NA 3 3 4 3 2 4



30. What is your impression of the outcome of the war in Kosovo - do you think the U.S. and NATO won the war, or did Milosevic win the war, or did neither side win the war?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


U.S. NATO 16% 17% 23% 13% 19% 14%

Milosevic 4 6 1 5 6 3

Neither side 75 75 70 78 70 78

DK/NA 4 3 6 4 4 5



31. How much credit do you give Bill Clinton for getting Milosevic to withdraw Serbian military forces and allow ethnic Albanian refugees back into Kosovo - a lot, some, only a little or none at all?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


A lot 20% 12% 32% 18% 22% 19%

Some 44 37 49 44 39 47

Only a little 21 30 14 20 21 20

None at all 14 19 5 16 17 12

DK/NA 1 1 1 1 1 2



32. Do you think the peace agreement agreed to by Milosevic will lead to long-term peace in Yugoslavia, or do you think long-term peace there is not likely?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes/Will lead to long-term peace 10% 9% 13% 9% 11% 10%

No/Long-term peace not likely 82 86 75 85 84 81

DK/NA 8 6 12 6 5 9