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Page 12-Friday, August 11, 1978-The Michigan Daily
President's popularity slips below Nixon's

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cent were undecided,
would like Carter to run, with 66 per
cent saying they don't want him to run.
The rest were undecided.
The crucial and large group of in-
dependent voters split 53-33 against a
Carter re-election bid.
Looking at those who said they voted
for Carter in 1976, half of those said they
want to see Carter run for re-election in
1980. But 37 per cent of his 1976 suppor-
ters don't want to see Carter try again.
IN RECENT months, AP-NBC News
polls and others have shown Carter
facing trouble when matched against
potential 1980 primary or general elec-
tion opponents.
The finding of this poll is significant
because it shows substantial opposition
to a Carter re-election bid, regardless
of who the opponent is.
Carter's job rating was down slightly
this month, but not significantly.

TWENTY-SIX per cent of the public
gave Carter a "good" or "excellent"
job rating. But 73 per cent labeled his
performance "only fair" or "poor."
One per cent were undecided.
In the June AP-NBC News poll, 27 per
cent gave Carter good or excellent
marks while 70 per cent rated his work
only fair or poor. Since the error
margin for a poll of 1,600 people is three
per cent, one cannot say the change
from June to August is a significant
Four years after Nixon resigned as
President in disgrace, 36 per cent of
those questioned rated his performance
good or excellent, 10 points above Car-
ter's rating. Sixty-two per cent rated
his work only fair or poor. Two per cent
were undecided.
WHILE NIXON'S rating is overall
higher than Carter's, 34 per cent rated
Nixon as poor, versus 20 per cent who
gave Carter that rating.
Seventy-two per cent of those

questioned said Nixon was guilty of an
impeachable offense, about the same
level as found in a January AP-NBC
News poll. Twenty per cent said he was
not guilty.
Among those who said Nixon was
guilty of an impeachable offense, he
and Carter got identical job ratings.
THE BRIGHT SPOT for Carter is the
public's trust rating. Forty-seven per
cent said you can trust Carter to do
what's right at least most of the time.
Half said you can trust him only
sometimes or almost never.
That 47-50 split compares to the 45-53
trust rating in the June survey. Prior to
June, the rating of the President who
had made trust a major campaign
pledge had fallen steadily since he took
As with any sample survey, the
results of the AP-NBC News polls could
differ from the results of interviews
with all Americans with telephones
because of chance variations in the

For polls with 1,600 .interviews, the
results should vary no more than three
percentage points either way simply
because of sample errors. That is, there
is only once chance out of 20 that the
results of interviews with all American
adults would vary from these results by
more than three percentage points.
Of course, the results could vary from
other polls because of differences in the
wording of questions, timing of inter-
views or the method of interviewing.
Twenty-nine of the 38 mountain peaks
over 13,000 feet in Switzerland are in the
Zermatt area, including the Mat-
Garden toads can eat up to 10,000 in-
sects in one season.
Although an Arabian camel has an
average lifespan of 12 years, it has been
known to live as long as 28 years.


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