Three U.S. Newspapers Conduct the Earliest Known Example of an Opinion Poll


According to the Wikipedia, the first known example of an opinion poll was a talley of voter preferences reported by the Raleigh Star and North Carolina State Gazette and the Wilmington American Watchman and Delaware Advertiser prior to the 1824 presidential election,[1] showing Andrew Jackson leading John Quincy Adams by 335 votes to 169 in the contest for the United States Presidency. Since Jackson won the popular vote in that state and the whole country, such straw votes gradually became more popular.

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