TIME POLL: CARTER TAKES A NARROW LEAD

In the up and down battle for the presidency, Jimmy Carter last weekend moved ahead of Gerald Ford by 48% to 44%, with 8% of the U.S. electorate still undecided. Even before the third presidential debate, voter sentiment had shifted in Carter's favor by 3 percentage points. In late September a surge for Ford turned the race into a dead heat, with 43% of the vote going to each candidate. But the final 90-minute debate firmed up Carter's slim lead over Ford in a week that saw substantial numbers of undecided voters begin to take sides. These conclusions were...

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