The Nation: Turned Off, Not Tuned Out

Americans have not been so turned off by a presidential election since 1948, when only 51.1% of the people of voting age went to the polls. According to the Yankelovich survey, 61% of the voters say they have little enthusiasm for either Carter or Ford. At the same time, voter registration is stagnating or declining in every region except the South, where people are excited about a presidential candidate from Dixie. Despite drives to sign up new voters, the registration totals, compared with 1972 figures, are expected to drop by well over 1 million...

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