n Journal for Contemporary History - The general election of 2004 : opinion polls and the eventual results

Volume 29, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



The earliest political polls took place in America in 1824 in an attempt to assess the outcome of the forthcoming presidential election in which John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson were the candidates. These first attempts to quantify electors' intentions were an unscientific extension of normal journalistic soundings. No attempts were made to ensure that a representative sample was taken, but they provoked interest and caught the eye of politicians.

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