The Mood of the Voter

COVER STORY

As the race begins in earnest, the public is wary, worried—and waiting

Disenchanted, but not apathetic. Caring about issues, although much more concerned about character. Longing for a strong person to trust, but fearful of strength lacking sound judgment. Leery of weakness, but edgy about brashness. All too mindful of the disappointments of the past, but seeking hope in the future. Leaning toward one man, but often out of desperation and a sense of disdain for the others. Uncommitted. Unpredictable.

As the 1980 presidential campaign swings into full stride, the American voter is displaying a show-me attitude as perhaps never before:...

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