George Gallup


George Horace Gallup


The Gallup poll conducted before the presidential election of 1948 wrongly predicted a win for Thomas E. Dewey. Shortly after the announcement of Harry Truman’s victory, Gallup was stopped by a policeman for driving down a one-way street in the wrong direction. On reading the name on Gallup’s driving license, the policeman grinned broadly and exclaimed, “Wrong again!”


I could prove God statistically. Take the human body alone—the chances that all the functions of an individual would just happen is a statistical monstrosity.

~George Horace Gallup
Biographical Note: 

George Horace Gallup was a U.S. statistician, founder of the American Institute of Public Opinion (1935) at Princeton, NJ. Polls are conducted by the institute and its British counterpart to measure voter sentiment and gauge the national mood on various issues. They are called Gallup polls after their founder.

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