George Gallup

George Horace Gallup (November 18, 1901 — July 26, 1984), American statistician, invented the Gallup poll, a successful statistical method of survey sampling for measuring public opinion.

Portrait of George Gallup

As a pioneering pollster, company founder Dr. George Gallup determined that in seeking the truth, that is, the actual “will” of the people, his guiding principle would be independence. To ensure his independence, and therefore his objectivity, Dr. Gallup resolved that he would undertake no polling that was paid for or sponsored in any way by special interest groups such as the Republican and Democratic parties. Adhering to this principle, The Gallup Organization has turned down thousands of requests for surveys from organizations representing every shade of the political spectrum and with every kind of special agenda.

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