National Affairs: Taft, Ike& Arithmetic

How can the Republicans, after 20 years in the wilderness, go about estimating whether Taft or Eisenhower is the champion to pit against the Democrats? In the long history of popular politics, only two ways of tackling this problem have been devised: 1) the polls, and 2) the pols.

Last week the Gallup poll issued the latest and most significant of many samplings, all showing that Ike will draw more votes than Taft. Gallup matched Taft and Ike each separately against Estes Kefauver and Adlai Stevenson. Results:

Stevenson 45%

Taft 44%

No opinion 11%

Kefauver 50%

Taft 41%

No opinion 9%

Eisenhower 59%

Stevenson 31%

No opinion 10%

Eisenhower 55%

Kefauver 35%

No opinion...

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