NEW YORK: Some Cheers for an Underdog

Before President Ford's speech two weeks ago rejecting federal aid to New York City, a Gallup poll showed that 42% of the public favored such assistance, while 49% were opposed. But a nationwide survey conducted by the New York Times and CBS after the speech indicated a turnaround: 55% of those polled approved of aid and 33% did not. A Harris poll revealed that the American people favor federal loan guarantees by a margin of 69% to 18% —if the city "balances its budget and such a plan would not cost the taxpayers...

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