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American arms-limit policy favored in US, Europe poll

Almost six in 10 adult Americans and a plurality of adults in Britain, West Germany, France, and the Netherlands find US policy on arms control more credible than the position advanced by the Soviet Union, according to a new poll by Newsweek magazine.

But Newsweek said many Europeans distrust both President Reagan and Soviet Communist Party chief Yuri Andropov on the question of limiting nuclear weapons.

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Asked to choose whom they found more credible on the issue - Mr. Reagan or Mr. Andropov - 59 percent of Americans chose Mr. Reagan and 10 percent chose Mr. Andropov. Among the French, the Reagan-Andropov tally was 36 to 14, among the West Germans 43 to 14, among the Dutch 23 to 21, and among the British 38 to 18.

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