Nation: The Democratic Pollster

Never one to rush in where the cautious fear to tread, New York's Democratic Mayor Robert Ferdinand Wagner was brooding deeply. Should he run for Governor this year against Republican Nelson Rockefeller? Would he have a chance of winning? Before making up his mind, Wagner was awaiting a report, due shortly, on a statewide, 1,200-interview survey by Pollster Louis Harris. "Whether Wagner runs for Governor," said a Democratic county chairman, "depends upon what Lou Harris tells him." Plenty of U.S. politicians nowadays wait to make decisions until they hear from Lou Harris. At...

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