THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: The Days of the Dog Star

Jerry Ford's hold on the future is still tenuous. Despite a successful transition year. Despite some encouraging economic signs. Despite the successful Mayaguez affair. Despite the Helsinki summit meeting.

All last week George Gallup in Princeton compiled the new data from his hot, dusty pollsters around the nation, and then at week's end sent his findings out through his network. Ford had fallen a notable seven points in the esteem of the people, from 52% to 45%. Over in Manhattan, Louis Harris was totting up his findings from some 1,500 personal interviews. The general drift was pretty much the same—down.

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