OPINION: How Main Street Views Watergate

Watergate has deeply divided Americans, but the splits are not along simple partisan lines. Some Republicans, feeling betrayed, are more bitter than many Democrats. Nor are the divisions along lines of white v. black, or urban v. rural, or young v. old. Yet there are some discernible patterns. For well-educated and politically aware Americans, Watergate usually is a searing, personally felt issue. Others are bored by the whole mess, especially those who cynically regard all politics as dirty. To sample the various American moods and reactions, TIME correspondents interviewed people in five...

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