TIME SOUNDINGS: The Electorate: Feeling Helpless and Depressed

On the eve of this week's elections, Americans were in a bleak and pessimistic mood. To an overwhelming extent, they were preoccupied with rising prices, and with good reason: one out of three families considered itself in serious financial trouble because of inflation. Yet most people thought that neither the Government nor business was likely to provide the leadership and solutions needed to heal the economy. Things seemed out of control to many Americans, and there was a disturbing sense that conditions might soon get even worse. Indeed, nearly one out of two...

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