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August 31, 1972

Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 5

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'Alienated voters' not for McGovern Alton Evening Telegraph Thursday, August 3.1, 1972 A-5 One of the original hopes of the McGovern campaign — that the bulk of "alienated" voters in the country would go decisively for the South Dakota Senator in November — thus far simply is not taking place. With the wiin- drawal of Gov. George Wallace of Alabama from the race. President Nixon now holds a 46-43 per cent lead among voters identified on the Harris alienation index. Had Wallace remained in the race, the protest vote would have divided 55-38 per cent against Mr. Nixon. Not. only has the Wallace vote gone over to Nixon over-all, but those particularly disaffected with the way things are going in the country these days favor the Eleanor, remarkable woman Last year Joseph P. Lash gave us, In his "Eleanor and Franklin," a striking example of biography at its best. The relationship between Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor, was extraordinarily complex: the tensions between these two divergent originals would have utterly destroyed most marriages. Yet, as Lash demonstrated, Eleanor and Franklin acted almost in counterpoint — the tensions and frustrations were creative rather than destructive in their impact. When Franklin D. Roosevelt died in April. 1945, perhaps the crudest irony was, that visiting him at Warm Springs was his longtime friend, Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd, whose relationship with FDR a quarter of a century earl'er had almost led to a divorce from Eleanor. The fates were never kind to Eleanor Roosevelt. Yet for seventeen years after F.D.R's death she continued her solitary journey. She could have folded up and accepted her fate as the great President's widow — become a decoration at Democratic Party functions, someone to be visited by foreign statesmen as part of their protocol rounds. Or she could pick up the pieces of her life and strike out alone. She chose the latter course: writing a column, lecturing, participating in the America,! delegation to the United Nations, and generally kibitzing the Democratic Party. Naturally enough, she could never fully escape the towering shadow of her late husband. Between 1945-48 — that is, until he was elected President in his own right — Harry S. Truman felt as though he had the White House on a sub-lease from the Roosevelts. Thus any public pronouncements by Mrs. Roosevelt made the Administration extremely nervous, if not furious. On the Middle East, for example, Eleanor came down hard and early on behalf of the Jewish immigrants, while the American government was bitterly split on Ihe subject and our policy, to be generous, a shambles (to be , harsh: a disgrace). To Truman, and others, this must have sounded like an instruction from the grave. Lash, in his new volume, "Eleanor: The Years Alone" (Norton), has chronided this episode with critical affection, and the others that filled the remainder of Mrs. Roosevelt's active life. The book could early have been a bore — so many works in this genre degenerate into annotated social calendars — but Lash has exercised a sure sense of priorities. Readers who are interested in the United Nations, for example, will find the account of Eleanor's extremely hard- nosed confrontations with the Soviets most intriguing. She may have possessed a grandmotherly smile, but she excelled with the dirk — as Francis Cardinal Spellman, John F. Kennedy, and others were to learn the hard way. I personally found the sections on her role in the Democratic Party the most interesting, though simultaneously the most unsatisfying. In- particular, her function as tutor for Adlai Stevenson needs far more exploration. On the evidence adduced by Lash, I suspect she saw in Stevenson a model of what she had hoped F.D.R. wou.d be like: an un-foxy lion, to borrow from James M. Burns. Adlai certainly was no fox — he had none of F.D.R'? genial passion for dirty pool — but the problem was that he was no lion either. .It seems that Stevenson's: dreadfully shilly-shallying in 1960 on whether or not he would run for the Democratic nomination arose from his inability to follow his own judgment and reject Eleanor's advice. The result of his abortive non-candidacy- candidacy was that he just looked silly — and Jack Kennedy dropped him from the short list of prospective Secretaries of State. In any event, Lash has done a wonderful job of demolishing the blah myths about the gentle, unassuming "First Lady of the Universe." She was tough, she was crochety, she was stubborn, and .she was one of the mort remarkable women of the century. To use Walton Hamilton's fine phrase, Lasn should be congratulated: lie has promoted Eleanor Roosevelt from immortality to mortality. President nearly two to one. Faced with their Ideological ' disagreements with Sen. McGovern on the one hand, and their alienation from the Establishment on the other, most former Wallace backers are now Inclined to swallow their disenchantment with the status quo and cast their ballots for. President Nixon. However, It should be pointed out that these results are based on polling which took place early in August when Sen. McGovern reached a low point just after dropping Sen. Eagleton from his ticket. What is more, a substantial 30 per cent of the former Wallace voters were still undecided, most of whom would fall into the "alienated" category. So It Is still possible that McGovern might win as many as half of the alienated who originally preferred Wallace. The Harris Alienation Index, devised back in 1966, is made up of five items on which people have been questioned periodically. In a Harris Survey early in August, a cross section of 1,630 potential voters were asked: "I want to read off to you a number of things some people have told us they have felt from time to time. Do you tend to feel (READ LIST) or not?" EXTENT OF ALIENATION The percentages are in this order: Feel; Don't Fe«l; and Not Sure. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer 64 33 3 What you think doesn't count $3,487,000 settlement CHICAGO (AP)-Fifty-nine suits filed on behalf of persons killed or injured in a 1968 explosion at a Chicago food plant have been settled in Circuit Court for $3,487,000. The blast killed nine and injured 78 persons. The explosion occurred Feb. 7, 1968, when leaking fuel from an oil tank truck was ignited. very much 51 45 4 The people running the country don't really carv what happens to you 43 r>2 5 People who have the power are out to .take advantage of you 39 53 8 Left out of things around ynu 24 73 3 Taken together on the Alienation Index, some 47 per cent of the voters report they feel alienated in 1072. If Gov. Wallace were still in the race, here is how the vole would have divided on each item in the Alienation Index: IMPACT OF ALIENATION WITH WALLACE IN RACE Would Vote For: The percentages arc in this order: Nixon; McGovern; Wallace; and Not Sure. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer 44 36 15 5 What you think doesn't count very much 40 37 16 7 The people running the country don't really care what happens to you 35 40 17 8 People who have the power are out to take advantage of you 36 39 17 8 Left out of things around you 37 41 16 6 Average division of vote: 38 39 16 7 If the McGovern and At your nearby... Wallace vote were combined, then by 55-38 per cent the alienated in the country would be voting against Richard Nixon this November. However, in a two-way contest, the alienated spli 1 quite differently than the McGovern people had hoped: IMPACT OF ALIENATION IN TWO-WAY RACE Would Vole For: The percentages are in this order: Nixon; McGovern; and not Sure. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer 51 39 10 What you think doesn't count very much 48 40 12 The people running the country don't really care what happens to you 42 44 14 People who have the power are out to take advantage of you 45 43 12 Left out of things around you 43 46 11 Average division of vote: 46 43 11 Clearly, the aversion of alienated Wallace voters for McGovern's political stance means more to them at this stage of the campaign than their disenchantment with the .power structure headed by President Nixon. When the key groups where alienation runs highest are analyzed, a mixed political rosier emerges: MOST ALIENATED GROUPS Feel Alienated Total Voters 17 Blacks 71 8th grade educated 5fi Under $5.000 income 54 Big cities 54 Union members 53 Democrats 52 18-29 year olds 50 At the moment, McGovern is drawing heavily among the alienated only from blacks and undev-3'l voteis. A mftjor question of the campaign is whether the McGo» - ern style and rhetoric will appeal to the least-well-educated, the poor, union members, and big-city voters — who make up much of the traditional Democratic vole. In the spring primaries, this so-called "gut" vote is precisely where George Wallace, rather than George McGovern, found his greatest appeal. The theory that Sen. McGovern might also be the beneficiary in November of similar protest in the grassroots remains to be documented. FRIDAY & SATURDAY FEATURES Pink Cloud Anqelfood Cake . 1.72 . Special Feature I.lKht iinH fluffy as a Pink Cloud ---- a drllRhlfnl aiiRr.|fon<1 ____ pink Iced and rlhbrms of pink In HIP halter Plume your order tnrlny at this special price! Danish Banbury Stollen ... 1.35 ... Special Feature Tasty Danish formed into a siollrn with chopped npplr-s pineapple and currants ---- topped with SURIM- ---- a real treat! Also . . . Poppyscctl Striitlcl . . . 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