JF Ptak Science Books Post 2450
I found this interesting display of data on opinions of people in the United States regarding the war in Europe in 1939--unfortunately I could not find the originating source nor a report on how the data was collected--or at least not yet. The information is fascinating--and combined with further samples from opinion polls included below, contribute to showing the deep opinion that the United States stay out of the war, even to extreme.
First, the original chart:
The source for this graphic is Visual Loop (http://visualoop.com/blog/17696/vintage-infodesign-56) though I find that it gives no original source. The graphic at bottom right gives us a clue ("Irving Geis, Time, Inc"), though still in my search this evening I could not locate the data source. Irving Geis (1908-1997) though might be recognizable to some as a long-time illustrator for Scientific American among many other journals, and also for the semi-famous How to Lie with Statistics, which was published in 1954.
A similar but more abundant source of data is found at the Roper Center UConn, with a ton of interesting bits in it, though it does not describe the source of the data. (This article was published in Public Perspective, Dec/January 1998.) One lead led me to this article (below) on the Gallup Fortune Public Opinion Poll in the Public Opinion Quarterly for December 1940, and it may have provided some of the data for the infographic, but I haven't yet read in closely.
Here is an interesting sample from Roper:
In any event the Public Opinion Quarterly ("Gallup and Fortune Polls" Vol. 4, No. 1, March 1940 pp. 83-115) piece is interesting on its own, and I'll no doubt return to it, though tonight I'm just interested in a few bits.
[Gallup and Fortune Polls The Public Opinion Quarterly Vol. 4, No. 1 (Mar., 1940), pp. 83-115]
I'll come back to this in a bit--for now I would just like to post the links.