West Germany: Erhard Favored

In times of crisis, West Germans still rely on indestructible Chancellor Konrad Adenauer. At the height of the Berlin trouble last fall, 32% told public opinion pollsters that they wanted him in charge; Berlin's tough Mayor Willy Brandt was right behind him with 31%, while popular Economic Minister Ludwig Erhard carried only 6%. Since then, the picture changed, partly because things looked quieter at Berlin—at least for a while. In the latest poll. Erhard—whom der Alte usually treats like an office boy—is now the first choice for Chancellor, with 28%, while Adenauer is down to 22%, Brandt to 21%....

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