Utahns are glad Nelson Mandela came to the United States for a visit. The latest Deseret News/KSL-TV poll conducted by Dan Jones & Associates shows that 67 percent believe the African leader should have been invited.
Mandela is not without detractors, however. Some don't like his ties to Syria, Cuba and the Palestine Liberation Organization. Twenty-five percent of Utahns think Mandela should not have been invited to the United States, Jones found, and 8 percent didn't know.Mandela's main purpose in visiting the United States was to convince Americans and Congress that economic sanctions against South Africa shouldn't be eased until the white-minority government completely gives up apartheid. Since Mandela's release from prison and other actions taken by the white-minority government, some feel sanctions should be eased.
Forty-one percent of Utahns think economic sanctions should be kept as they are, Jones found, while 30 percent would ease the sanctions somewhat. Another 12 percent think they should be removed all together and 17 percent didn't know.