Callers to SUNDIAL may not know quite what to make of Boris Yeltsin, president of the major Soviet republic of Russia. On one hand, a slight majority registered the opinion that President Bush should negotiate directly with Yeltsin. On the other hand, a slight majority supported the idea that Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev would be a better leader than Yeltsin.
On specific questions, 123 of 229 callers (53 percent) said Bush should negotiate with Yeltsin, and 106 said the president shouldn't. Only 108 of 227 callers thought Yeltsin would be a better leader than Gorbachev, while 119 (52 percent) said Gorbachev would be better.