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Recent polls of undergraduate opinion at Princeton show that a substantial majority of Tigers oppose a third term for F. D. R., but approve both the continuation of Dies Committee investigations and a lenient post-war settlement.
The polls were conducted by the Nassau Sovereign, a recently founded undergraduate magazine patterned after Time, Life, and Fortune. In its two years of existence the Sovereign has conducted monthly surveys on every conceivable subject, collegiate or otherwise.
Maintaining Princeton's reputation as a Republican stronghold, 61 per cent of Old Nassau's sons feel that Roosevelt should not run for a third term, "despite the present international tension," the Sovereign reports, adding "in politics, as Princeton goes, so goes the nation--the opposite direction."
Minority Wants Third Term
Figures reveal also that a minority bloc of Roosevelt-rooters--37 per cent--advocates a third term in view of the present war. His election will be backed by 35 per cent of Old Nassau's sons if he runs in 1940, unless they change their minds in the meantime.
The great majority of Princetonians uphold the Dies Committee on the much-debated issue of its right to investigate any and all activities for the purpose of quelling "un-American" activities, 35 per cent approving without reservation and 55 per cent "in part." Further, 23 per cent feel that it should be retained permanently "as it stands," while the majority again straddle the fence and support it as a permanent organization only "in a modified form."
In regard to post-war settlements, 10 per cent of the Princeton undergraduates are internationally-included enough to favor a United States of the World, while 24 per cent would like to see the peace result in a federated Europe. A vindictive 8 percent favor an "exterminating" peace of dividing Germany in case the Allies win.
A "revitalized League of Nations" is the way to a lasting peace for 24 per cent of the students. Completing the overwhelming majority which favors a lenient peace are the 19 per cent who advocate a return to "status quo before Hitler with just economic provisions."
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