TIME SOUNDINGS: Three Candidates Look Strong--Now

If the election was held today, Gerald Ford would handily defeat any of the major Democratic contenders.

In the contest for his party's nomination, Ford is preferred over Ronald Reagan by a 2-to-1 margin among Republican and independent voters.

On the Democratic side, Hubert Humphrey runs first for the nomination among Democratic and independent voters, but Jimmy Carter has pulled almost even with him, and those two are far out in front of George Wallace, Henry Jackson and Morris Udall.

These are the major findings of a poll conducted for TIME last week by...

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