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The Nation

April 27, 1986

Tremendous expansion in sales of deadly weapons among nations has prompted a growing number of Americans to favor a U.N. resolution against such traffic. The latest Gallup poll found that 61% of Americans would approve of a resolution requesting all nations to refrain from giving or selling arms to other nations--up 9 percentage points since 1981. The findings also suggested that, while Americans tend to favor a militant U.S. posture in dealing with immediate, "brush fire" situations--such as the recent bombing raid on Libya and the 1983 Grenada incursion--they are less bellicose on long-range, global affairs.

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