National Affairs: Polls & Policies

A happy President would be Franklin Roosevelt if he should find on his desk some morning a miraculous thermometer which would register, accurately and impartially, the temperature of public sentiment toward his policies. Lacking such a device, he tries to make his own estimate from the enormous stream of White House letters and visits from persons who presume to interpret the public mind to him. But the President, like his predecessors, has long since learned that such personal interpretations must be heavily discounted. Mr. Roosevelt does not need to be told that he...

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