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History[ edit ] The first known example of an opinion poll was a local straw poll conducted by The Aru Pennsylvanian inshowing Andrew Jackson leading John Quincy Adams by votes to 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, but they remained local, usually citywide phenomena.
Mailing out millions of postcards and simply counting the returns, The Literary Digest correctly predicted the victories of Warren Harding inCalvin Coolidge inHerbert Hoover inand Franklin Roosevelt in Then, inits 2.
The Literary Digest was ignorant of this new bias; the week before election day, it reported that Alf Landon was far more popular than Roosevelt. At the same time, George Gallup conducted a far smaller but more scientifically based survey, in which he polled a demographically representative sample.
The Literary Digest soon went out of business, while polling started to take off. Elmo Roper was another American pioneer in political forecasting using scientific polls.
Roosevelt three times, in, and Louis Harris had been in the field of public opinion since when he joined the Elmo Roper firm, then later became partner.
An example of a poll on abortion. The Allied occupation powers helped to create survey institutes in all of the Western occupation zones of Germany in and to better steer denazification.
By the s, various types of polling had spread to most democracies. In long-term perspective, advertising had come under heavy pressure in the early s.
The Great Depression forced businesses to drastically cut back on their advertising spending.
Layoffs and reductions were common at all agencies. The New Deal furthermore aggressively promoted consumerism, and minimized the value of or need for advertising.
Historian Jackson Lears argues that "By the late s, though, corporate advertisers had begun a successful counterattack against their critics. George Gallupthe vice president of Young and Rubicam, and numerous other advertising experts, led the way.
Moving into the s, the industry played a leading role in the ideological mobilization of the American people for fighting the Nazis and Japanese in World War II.
As part of that effort, they redefined the "American Way of Life" in terms of a commitment to free enterprise. Methods and techniques vary, though they are widely accepted in most areas.
Over the years, technological innovations have also influenced survey methods such as the availability of electronic clipboards  and Internet based polling. Verbal, ballot, and processed types can be conducted efficiently, contrasted with other types of surveys, systematics, and complicated matrices beyond previous orthodox procedures.
Also, the following has also led to differentiating results: In contrast, popular web polls draw on whoever wishes to participate, rather than a scientific sample of the population, and are therefore not generally considered professional.
Recently, statistical learning methods have been proposed in order to exploit social media content such as posts on the micro-blogging platform of Twitter for modelling and predicting voting intention polls. In the early s, public relation experts described their work as a two-way street.
Their job would be to present the misinterpreted interests of large institutions to public. They would also gauge the typically ignored interests of the public through polls. Benchmark polls[ edit ] A benchmark poll is generally the first poll taken in a campaign.
It is often taken before a candidate announces their bid for office but sometimes it happens immediately following that announcement after they have had some opportunity to raise funds. This is generally a short and simple survey of likely voters.
A benchmark poll serves a number of purposes for a campaign, whether it is a political campaign or some other type of campaign. First, it gives the candidate a picture of where they stand with the electorate before any campaigning takes place.
If the poll is done prior to announcing for office the candidate may use the poll to decide whether or not they should even run for office. Secondly, it shows them where their weaknesses and strengths are in two main areas. The first is the electorate. A benchmark poll shows them what types of voters they are sure to win, those they are sure to lose, and everyone in-between these two extremes.
This lets the campaign know which voters are persuadable so they can spend their limited resources in the most effective manner.
Second, it can give them an idea of what messages, ideas, or slogans are the strongest with the electorate. The number of brushfire polls taken by a campaign is determined by how competitive the race is and how much money the campaign has to spend.Start studying AP Government and Politics: Chapter 7 - Public Opinion.
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