The Nation: The Poll of Polls

TIME Senior Correspondent John Steele is assessing the performance of professional pollsters in this election year. His observations on Wisconsin:

SENATOR George McGovern's smashing victory in the Wisconsin primary election hoisted two important signals for politicians, as far as the polls are concerned.

> An underdog presidential candidate need not become disheartened even though he runs far behind the leaders in the national public-opinion polls. Often such polls bear no resemblance at all to the outcome of individual state primaries.

> There is no bandwagon psychology in national polls when it comes to state primaries. If there had been one in Wisconsin, McGovern...

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