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Polls Say Public Has Changed Its Mind About Nixon

Thirty years after the break-in at the Watergate, the American public has changed its mind about the pardon of President Nixon, polls suggest.

An ABC News poll found that six in 10 now think the pardon was the right thing to do, almost twice as many as the 35 percent who felt that way in 1976.

More than half, 55 percent, felt it was the wrong thing in the 1976 poll. The number that felt Nixon's actions were serious enough to warrant his resignation was 63 percent in the ABC poll, about the same number who felt that way the month he resigned.

Survey information on Watergate was released Monday by ABC, CNN-USA Today-Gallup and Fox News/Opinion Dynamics.

The ABC poll of 1,004 adults was conducted June 7-9 and the Fox News poll of 900 registered voters was conducted June 4-5. Those two polls had error margins of plus or minus 3 percentage points. The CNN-USA Today-Gallup poll of 800 adults was taken June 7-8 and has an error margin of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Among the polls' other findings:

  • Two-thirds say they don't know enough about Watergate to tell the basic facts to someone else. (ABC)
  • Just over half, 51 percent, said Watergate was a serious matter that showed corruption in the Nixon administration, while just over four in 10, 42 percent, said it was ``just politics.'' (Gallup)
  • By more than a 2-1 margin, people said Nixon's opening of communications to China is a more important event in history than the Watergate scandal. (Fox)
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