Nation: In a Fiercely Hawkish Mood

TIME poll shows voters rallying strongly round Carter

The dawn of a new decade is traditionally a time when Americans look ahead with optimism, but today they feel deep fears about rising prices, fuel shortages and even the possibility of a major war. Instead of blaming their current leader for the dark clouds that have gathered, however, they have rallied round him in overwhelming numbers. By huge margins, they support President Carter's responses to the Soviet aggression in Afghanistan. They do not want his foreign policy criticized, and they heavily favor him over any other presidential candidate in either party.

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