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U.N. has most Americans' confidence, survey reports

Despite failures in the Somalia and Bosnia-Herzegovina peacekeeping efforts, Americans still believe strongly in the United Nations and its goals, although they don't ignore its middling record of achievements, a poll released Saturday indicates.

In fact, the poll found that Americans have a more favorable view of the United Nations than they do of Congress or the U.S. court system. Sixty-seven percent of Americans have a very favorable or mostly favorable attitude toward the United Nations, compared with 53 percent who hold those views about Congress and 43 percent who see the courts that way.

The results, from a survey by the Times Mirror Center for the People and the Press, were released two days before the 50th anniversary of the signing of the U.N. Charter.

For the survey, telephone interviews were conducted with 1,007 adults June 2-6 and with 1,500 adults June 8-11. The poll's has a margin of error of three percentage points.