THE PEOPLE: A Strange Mix of Confidence and Doubt

There is more than a touch of schizophrenia in America's midyear mood. The nation remains well disposed toward Jimmy Carter, yet lacks confidence in his ability to handle the uncertain economy. Americans complain that the Government is not doing enough to whip inflation, yet want the Government to quit meddling so much in their lives. They want Carter to do something, yet doubt that any one individual—even a President—can solve the nation's problems.

According to a survey conducted for TIME by Yankelovich, Skelly & White, 58% of the people regard Carter as a leader...

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