More Popular Than Ever

A TIME poll shows Reagan, if not his policies, flying high

Having shrugged off a major operation for colon cancer, Ronald Reagan seems to have earned a new wave of public sympathy and support through his patented optimism. In a survey conducted for TIME by Yankelovich, Skelly & White Inc. during the week the President returned to work, Reagan's popularity reached an all-time high.[*] When asked to rate his performance on a l-to-10 scale, 67% put him in the top half, up 6% from May and 17% from his lowest rating, in the summer of 1982.

Despite the President's nonchalance, Americans seem somewhat concerned about his health, though not overly so. When...

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