The Press: Final Returns

The age of robots is not yet at hand: as projectors of public opinion, humans unquestionably outperformed machines last week in predicting the close result of the presidential race. Three out of four pollsters picked Kennedy to win by narrow margins, while TV's electronic brains forecast a landslide Kennedy victory, offered odds ranging from 5 to 1 to infinity. Many a late-night returns watcher echoed Republican Campaign Manager Len Hall: "I think we should put all these machines in the junkpile."

In forecasting the photo finish, Pollster George Gallup bettered a 25-year record by...

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