TIME POLL: How the Public Feels About Nixon and Watergate Now

Last August, most Americans (60%) wanted President Nixon to stay in office; now, just fewer than half (49%) do. At the same time, the number who want Nixon to resign has increased from 20% to 29%, but those who want him impeached have held steady at 10%, chiefly because three out of five Americans fear that impeachment would tear the country apart. Nonetheless, close to 43% would favor holding a special presidential election in 1974, if that were possible.

Those conclusions were drawn from a nationwide telephone poll of 778 adults conducted for TIME on two days last week by Daniel...

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