July 23, 2011

U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for July 24

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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Profile America -- Sunday, July 24th. With increasing attention being paid to next year's elections, Americans are hearing more and more about opinion polls on their latest preferences. The first such poll in U.S. history appeared on this date in 1824 in the Harrisburg Pennsylvanian. According to those surveyed by the newspaper, Andrew Jackson was greatly favored over John Quincy Adams in the four-man presidential race. Though 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 the election of 2008, more than 131 million voters -- 57 percent of those eligible -- went to the polls to cast presidential ballots. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.

Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 5601

Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 1071

Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 418

Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau