To Our Readers, Nov. 20, 1995

WHEN COLIN POWELL BOWED out of the 1996 presidential race last week, he showed just how swiftly the political landscape can be transformed. It is thus particularly fitting for TIME to introduce in this issue a new public-opinion survey that will enable us to provide the most accurate possible coverage of changes in voter attitudes during the 1996 campaign: the TIME/CNN Election Monitor. The year-long poll, drawn from a fixed sample of nearly 5,000 voters, will become a vital part of our reporting on both presidential and congressional battles. The sampling, says assistant managing editor Stephen Koepp, who oversees TIME's political...

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