Vice-President Richard M. Nixon shapes up as the favorite Republican presidential candidate in 1960, according to a poll taken this summer in 13 states by four members of the Young Republican Club.
Final figures showed Nixon leading Nelson A. Rockefeller, Governor of New York, by a 615-139 margin. Nixon was the favorite among Republicans with 437 first-choice votes to 87 for Rockefeller, and he led the New York governor, 139-38, among independent voters.
The four students--David F. Peterson '60, Thomas A. Alberg '62, Howard J. Phillips '62, and David O. Wilkinson '60--interviewed approximately 100 people in each of 16 communities in 13 states on their way to the convention of the Young Republican National Foundation in Denver.
Nixon also did better than Rockefeller in two-man races against Democratic candidates. He defeated Adlai E. Stevenson in 15 of the 16 cities and tied with him in the other, while Rockefeller won 12 races, lost two, and tied two.
In head-to-head competition with John F. Kennedy '40, Senator from Massachusetts, Nixon came out ahead in 13 of the 16 cities. Rockefeller managed only a split with the front-running Democratic candidate.