TIME POLL: In 16 Key States, Nixon Leads 2 to 1

INCUMBENT Presidents traditionally start election campaigns with comfortable leads, only to see them narrow or vanish in the crunch of events and the campaigning itself. Richard Nixon's margin at this point seems not only comfortable but overwhelming. The first of a new series of TIME Polls, conducted by Daniel Yankelovich Inc., between July 24 and Aug. 7, took soundings from 2,320 representative voters from 16 "battleground" states, including seven deemed critical by both parties. * The sample, interviewed in depth by telephone concerning wide-ranging issues and attitudes, gave Nixon a 2-to-l...