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HERE’S HOW YOU evaluate yourselves politically: ultra conservative 1 percent conservative 5 percent moderate 36 percent liberal 59 percent radical 16 percent republican 7 percent democrat 34 percent socialist 13 percent anarchist 7 percent communist 2 percent populist 19 percent queer minded 10 percent social misfit This adds up to considerably more than 100 percent, but that is because readers were asked to mark as many labels as they felt necessary. Queer minded social misfit, by the way, is a term the Observer first heard from former state Sen. Grady Hazlewood. He was referring to student protesters, but it seems like a handy phrase to describe the way many people feel from time to time. Eighty-eight percent of you always vote, but a little over 50 percent of you have at least partially negative feelings about electoral politics. That’s just part of being a left-leaner in Texas, we suppose. Ten percent vote sometimes; 1 percent rarely vote; 1 percent didn’t answer the question. How do you feel about electoral politics? strong faith 6 percent generally optimistic 34 percent borderline 19 percent indifferent 1 percent in despair 20 percent ha ha 11 percent Our list of presidential possibles included some outrageous people. “You’re inviting jokes here; your poll will be useless except as a joke,” complained one university professor. Obviously some of the names were put in for comic relief, and also because we wanted to get a sounding as to how many readers put whimsey above politics a year before the general election. After all, presidential elections are pretty outrageous. At any rate, the poll was never intended for academic purposes. Simply by oversight, we neglected to include Shirley Chisholm in the list of candidates. She did quite well on her own, however, with 64 write-ins, most spelling her name correctly. We didn’t know Patsy Mink was going to run when we put her on the list. She only got eight votes. Spiro Agnew, Ben Barnes and Herbert Hoover got zero first choice votes. Howard Hughes got five votes \(that was before the two votes; George Wallace, 6; Peter Fonda, 11. IF A READER checked more than one candidate but indicated a first choice, only the first choice was counted. Otherwise all choices were counted. George McGovern 23 percent Ramsey Clark 16 percent Edmund Muskie 14 percent Ralph Nader 13 percent Frivolous, despairing 11 percent or no answer Fred Harris 7 percent John Lindsay 7 percent Eugene McCarthy 7 percent Richard Nixon 7 percent Ted Kennedy 6 percent Harold Hughes 5 percent John Connally 5 percent Henry Jackson 4 percent Shirley Chisholm 3 percent Hubert Humphrey 2 percent Angela Davis 1 percent Write-ins other than Shirley Chisholm received 8 percent of the total vote. They included Sen. Charles Percy, Julian Bond, John Gardner, Lady Bird Johnson, Bella Abzug, Ralph Yarborough, Frances Farenthold, Barry Goldwater, Page Keeton, Benjamin Spock, John Kenneth Galbraith, John Kerry and about 140 others. The answers that specifically were for advertising purposes were not compiled. Still, one of the most enjoyable aspects of reading the surveys was to find out what was consumed “in sufficiently obscene quantity to impress an advertiser.” The answers included guitar picks, ice cream, sex, Dr Pepper and baby food, motorcycles, BC pills, books, cheese, fishing equipment, gasoline, pornography, golf balls, Kitty Litter and natural foods. One liberal-radical housewife answered plaintatively, “I just read and sleep a lot.” We also discovered that many, many of you drink, more than a few of you dope and a whole lot of you ought to stop smoking. In a future issue, we’ll go into your comments concerning the Observer. K.N. THIS ISSUE . . . was printed almost a week before the primary election, but it will reach most subscribers after the May 6 showdown. The Observer’s post-primary coverage comes in a fortnight. The American military once had a different style in acknowledging strategic setbacks. The Pentagon has been engaging in its now-customary obfuscation in the face of the latest North Vietnamese attacks. But in 1942, after the Japanese had taken over most of Burma, Gen. adviser to the Chinese government, analyzed the situation as follows: “I claim we took a hell of a beating.” 10 The Texas Observer MARTIN ELFANT Sun Life of Canada 1001 Century Building Houston, Texas CA 4-0686
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