A recent Deseret News/KSL poll shows Utahns support the continued effort to discover the fate of those missing since the Vietnam War.
But Utahns are mixed in their opinions about President Clinton's decision to lift the economic embargo on Vietnam.Vietnamese cooperation in the United States' effort to account for 2,233 military personnel still listed as missing has had its dry spells, and the embargo has been used as leverage to encourage cooperation.
But Clinton - possibly influenced by Vietnamese threats of non-cooperation on the POW/MIA issue - decided to lift the embargo,
Of the 602 Utahns interviewed by Dan Jones and Associates in May, 74 percent believed it is important or very important to continue researching the fate of MIAs. Only 5 percent said they believed the search effort was not important, and 21 percent considered the searches to be of moderate to low importance.
But the people who said they strongly agree with Clinton's decision to lift the embargo - 16 percent - are outnumbered by those who strongly disagree - 18 percent - even though the overall response leans slightly in Clinton's favor because just as many - another 16 percent - had no opinion.
The poll has a 4 percent margin of error.
The U.S. and Vietnamese governments have announced they will pursue entry-level diplomatic relations by establishing liaison offices in each country, but a time line or conditions for full diplomatic relations has not been disclosed.
U.S. military search efforts in Vietnam, called Joint Task Force Full Accounting, are ongoing with as many as eight investigation and remains-recovery teams working in Vietnam and Laos at any given time. There are currently no search efforts being pursued in Cambodia, but the joint task force is expected to continue indefinitely with an overall budget of about $100 million per year.
Deseret News/KSL poll
How important do you think it is that the United States still try to discover what happened to the missing American soldiers in Vietnam?
(Using a 1-7 scale, with one being not very important and seven being very important.)
DON'T KNOW 1%
As you may know, the U.S. recently lifted the trade embargo on Vietnam. Do you agree or disagree with that decision?
STRONGLY AGREE 16%
SOMEWHAT AGREE 34%
SOMEWHAT DISAGREE 16%
STRONGLY DISAGREE 18%
DON'T KNOW 16%
Poll conducted May 3-5, 1994. Margin of error +/-4.0% on interviews of 602 adults. Conducted by Dan Jones & Associates. Copyright 1994 Deseret News. Dan Jones & Associates, an independent organization founded in 1980, polls for the Deseret News and KSL. Its clients also include other organizations and some political candidates.