The Nation: Polled Out

As they probe, prod, tickle and test opinion, the pollsters never run out of questions about American political choices, product preferences and psychological hang-ups. But what do the people think about the pollsters? Inevitably, the Gallup poll took a poll — and discovered that 15% of the respondents had participated in earlier public surveys and that 67% felt that the country would be better off if national leaders heeded the polls' results. Alas, those results may be harder to get in the future.

Officials at Gallup and other orga nizations are growing worried that...