HOW THE POLLS TRACKED THE CAMPAIGN

Plagued by the elusive support for George Wallace and harried by a remarkably high proportion of voters who angrily refused to discuss their choice, the nation's major pollsters went into Election Day under a cloud of acrimony. George Gallup and Louis Harris had been markedly far apart for weeks on their reports of Hubert Humphrey's strength. In late September, Gallup placed the Democratic nominee 15 percentage points behind, while Harris consistently pegged Humphrey much closer, sometimes only half as far back.

While both surveys were...

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