Though opposed to the Cold War in general and the Vietnam War in particular, in 1972 I voted for the first time in my life and voted for Nixon.
I cast a military absentee ballot for Massachusetts from an army base in Okinawa.
McGovern seemed too much a bungler, to be frank.
And on domestic, economic issues, Nixon was actually almost as liberal then as Obama is now.
Not so much on social issues, I agree, but the culture war had yet to come fully into focus and gray rights or porn (for example) hardly struck me as important national political issues.
In all honesty, it struck me then and still does that the Democrats' use of the Watergate scandal to destroy a man they so hated for quite other reasons was massively hypocritical.