THE reasons for George Romney's abrupt exit from the New Hampshire primary last week are abundantly clear in a Roper poll commissioned by TIME. Like Romney's own samplings, the Roper survey—completed just before the Governor's decision—presaged humiliating defeat for the Michigander at the hands of Richard Nixon. On the Democratic side, the poll also indicates that the write-in campaign for Lyndon Johnson will end in a handsome victory for the President. The results:

Richard Nixon 65%

Nelson Rockefeller 13%

George Romney 9%

Ronald Reagan 1%

Other Candidates 4%

Undecided or not answering 8%


Lyndon Johnson 62%

Eugene McCarthy 11%

Robert Kennedy 9%

Other Candidates 9%

Undecided or not answering 9%

Despite weeks of...

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