THE VOTERS: Nixon Moves Out to an Astonishing Lead

AFTER a month of false starts and wheel spinning, the McGovern campaign bandwagon is definitely on the move—backward. A new TIME poll conducted by Daniel Yankelovich Inc. between Aug. 25 and Sept. 12 shows that McGovern's campaign is having a negative effect: in several states where he has stumped the hardest, he has lost ground; and the issues he has emphasized the most are those that are now hurting him more than ever. The poll finds that Nixon leads McGovern by an astonishing 39 points—62% to 23%.

That is an 11-percentage-point increase over...

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