POLLS: Assessing '72

Immediately after Maine Senator Edmund Muskie's powerful mid-term election-eve television speech, Pollster Louis Harris set up a mythical presidential race between Muskie, President Nixon and George Wallace. The startling result was a Muskie victory, with 46% of the vote, compared with 40% for the President. Last week George Gallup announced the results of an almost identical sampling taken a month later. In this trial, Nixon squeaked by the Democratic front runner, 44% to 43%. Whether the difference is due to increased presidential popularity or to the vagaries of polltaking two years before the event is difficult to know. In...

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