Nation: The March of Science

Time was when a politician, in forecasting victory, had to put his own opinion on the line—"We'll win by 2½ to 1." But no longer: now all he has to do is hire a pollster, leak the results to the press (if they are favorable, which they had better be), and claim that political science itself is on his side.

Last week the New York Times solemnly reported on Page One the fact that an unnamed pollster (it was, in fact, Lou Harris, who has made a profitable career out of conducting polls for Democratic hopefuls) had just completed a survey indicating...

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