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The Evolution of Presidential Polling


  • 11 b/w illus. 1 table
  • Page extent: 228 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.423 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 324
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: JK516 .E37 2003
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Presidents--United States
    • Executive power--United States
    • Public opinion--United States
    • Public opinion polls

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521816809 | ISBN-10: 0521816807)

The Evolution of Presidential Polling is a book about presidential power and autonomy. Since Roosevelt, virtually all presidents have employed private polls in some capacity. This book attempts to explain how presidential polling evolved from a rarely conducted secretive enterprise, to a commonplace event that is now considered an integral part of the presidency. Professor Eisinger contends that because presidents do not trust institutions such as Congress, the media and political parties - all of which also gauge public opinion - they opt to gain autonomy from these institutions by conducting private polls to be read and interpreted solely for themselves.

• Easy to read and entertaining • Engaging historical analysis • Rigorously researched


1. Seeking autonomy: the origins and growth of presidential polling; 2. Planting the seeds of presidential polling; 3. Checks and imbalances: congress and presidential polling; 4. Dodging the hill: presidential polling in the post-Eisenhower years; 5. Take the money and poll: parties and the public opinion presidency; 6. The media are not messengers; 7. Counting the people: the evolution of quantification and its effects on presidential polling; 8. White House polling in the post-Watergate era; 9. Presidential polling in the post-Reagan era: consequences and implications.

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