U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for July 27: Opinion Research

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

OPINION RESEARCH

Profile AmericaWednesday, July 27th. The past few decades have seen ever more frequent public opinion polls, whether from the traditional Gallup and Harris firms, to those commissioned by newspapers or political campaigns. The first such poll in U.S. history appeared this month in 1824 in the Harrisburg Pennsylvanian, finding that Andrew Jackson was favored over John Quincy Adams in the four-man presidential race. But most favored “none of the above,” as that contest recorded the lowest participation rate in our history–under 27 percent. Although Jackson won the most popular and electoral college votes, he had a majority in neither, and the House of Representatives then elected Adams president. In 2012, nearly 133 million voters — 62 percent of those eligible — went to the polls to cast presidential ballots. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.

Sources: Kane’s Famous First Facts 5601
1824 voting: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 1071
2012 voting/table 1: http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/socdemo/voting/publications/p20/2012/tables.html

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for “Audio” in the “Library” pull-down menu). 

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