Vice President Richard Nixon expects a stiff uphill fight against the Democrats, and test-borings of the U.S. electorate confirm his estimate. Last week's Gallup poll of party preference among five major occupation groups shows that since 1952 the G.O.P. has won few new friends and lost some old ones.
Heaviest defectors to the Democrats are farmers and white-collar workers. Asked which party best serves their interests, farmers chose:
Republican 28% 18%
Democratic 50% 54%
No difference & no opinion 22% 28%
White-collar workers picked:
Republican 44% 29%
Democratic 28% 32%
No difference & no opinion 28% 39%
A majority (55%) of...