TIME SOUNDINGS: The Mood: Dramatic Upturn

Americans are not nearly so opposed to Big Government and federal spending as the politicians presume. Nearly half the public, in fact, wants the Federal Government to finance more jobs and stronger social programs even if it means further unbalancing the budget. People are decidedly more cheerful about the economy and the future of the country than they were several months ago. And the preference of voters—if the two parties' nominees are of equivalent stature—is strongly for a Democrat to be elected President. Nonetheless, President Ford has distinctly improved his standing...

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