Basking in the Sunshine

During the final heat, a TIME poll shows a G.O.P. romp

These are buoyant times for most Americans. And that translates into the commanding 24-point lead that Ronald Reagan holds over Walter Mondale in the latest nationwide poll conducted for TIME by Yankelovich, Skelly and White.* Of the 1,000 voters who were questioned by telephone over three days last week after the final presidential debate, 54% said they planned to vote for Reagan and George Bush, vs. only 30% for Mondale and his running mate Geraldine Ferraro. Some 15% were undecided. But when...

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