Nation: He Wasn't in Touch

Voters explain why they abandoned Kennedy for Carter

Before he announced his presidential candidacy. Senator Edward Kennedy led President Carter by 2-to-1 in a poll conducted for TIME by the public opinion research firm of Yankelovich, Shelly and White, Inc. But in the latest survey, taken in late January, that ranking was stunningly reversed. To find out what caused so many people to change their minds, TIME correspondents across the nation interviewed a sampling of the ex-Kennedy supporters who had been polled by Yankelovich. Most of them now lean toward Carter.

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