After a period of strain over economic relations, Americans and Japanese see the relationship between their two nations in a more favorable light, a recent poll has found.

The survey by The New York Times, CBS News and the Tokyo Broadcasting System also found that majorities in both countries agree on the rise of Japanese power and are equally split over whether U.S. might has declined.The results were released Wednesday and published in Thursday's editions of the Times.

Of the Americans surveyed, 79 percent described U.S.-Japanese relations as somewhat or very friendly, up from 72 percent in May 1987. The Times said 68 percent of the Japanese polled said relations were somewhat or very friendly, up from 43 percent two years ago.