Trying to Be Mr. Nice Guy

In a second-year slump, Reagan softens his rhetoric

That Ronald Reagan's presidency has an image problem comes as no surprise inside the White House. The Yankelovich poll's evidence of growing public unease merely confirms a message that Reagan's advisers have been getting for weeks from other sources: grumblings even among Republicans in Congress about the President's defense and budget policies; unpublished surveys sponsored by the Republican National Committee, disclosing that Reagan's Mr. Nice Guy reputation is being replaced by a Scrooge-like picture of a President whose policies unduly favor the rich over the poor; and their own instincts. From the chief on...

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