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Presidential campaign, 1948; Public opinion polls; Presidential campaigns; Presidential elections

Draft Letter from President Harry S. Truman to Elmo Roper, December 30, 1948. President's Secretary's Files - Longhand Notes.

Dec. 30, 1948

Elmo Roper, Herald Tribune, N.Y.

My dear Mr. Roper:

I have read with much interest your piece in this morning's Trib, headed "A Study of Election Poll Results." It's interesting, but it still misses the main point. Candidates make election contests, not pole takers or press comments by paid column writers. Edited news columns and misleading headline have some effect-not much. People in general have lost faith in the modern press and its policies.

That is a good thing too. No one segment should be able to control public opinion. Leadership still counts. The publishers press is a very small part of our population. They have debauched the responsibility they owe to the country and the people have shown them just how they like it.

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