In the heady climate of the Governors' Conference in Puerto Rico, New York's Nelson Rockefeller told reporters that he would base his decision about running for the 1960 Republican presidential nomination on what the pollsters showed this fall about his chances of beating Vice President Richard Nixon. By this week the pollsters themselves had given Rocky ample reason for regretting his statement.

Pollster George Gallup, in a canvass taken since Nixon's return from Russia and Poland, reported that Nixon, among both Republican and independent voters, had significantly increased his margin over...

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