TIME Citizens Panel: The Sour, Frustrated and Volatile Voters of Election Year '72

Perhaps not since the Depression has the American electorate seemed quite so restive and unpredictable. In the midst of a spring of startling primaries, the mood of the voters has often been bigger news than anything the candidates have said or done. Clearly, the public's shifting predilections, opinions and prejudices are not only changing the nature of the election but also steering the U.S. toward what may be a crucial intersection of its history.

To monitor the changeable voter mood this election year, TIME has commissioned Daniel Yankelovich Inc. to select and periodically interview members of a TIME Citizens Panel. The...

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