A Poll's Harsh Verdict

The Democrats started with an advantage, but Dukakis lost it

What might have been, that most corrosive version of hindsight, should be the title of the Democrats' song of lamentation for this year's campaign. When George Bush and Michael Dukakis were struggling for the nominations of their parties a year ago, voters viewed the Democrats as more effective than the Republicans on some of the critical issues of peace and prosperity. But that advantage, according to a TIME poll last week, has all but dissipated. Even where the electorate still judges the Democrats favorably, Dukakis hardly benefits. The survey conducted by Yankelovich Clancy Shulman renders a harsh verdict on the Massachusetts...

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