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One of the features of the 1940 season show "American Jubilee" was a poll for presidential candidates Franklin D. Roosevelt and Wendell L. Willkie. Crowds would cheer for their favorite and the results posted on the "American Jubilee Cheer Meter", as seen here:

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On this fine night Willkie was leading 65% to 35%.

For the actual election Roosevelt won, 55% to 45%.

So much for the polls, or at least this one.

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I guess attendance demographics on that particular day didn't reflect the nation as a whole. Which is a bit odd.... one would think that New Yorkers (on a typical day at least half of attendance would have been locals) would be heavily in the Roosevelt camp.

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I remember on TV talent shows that used a sound meter to gauge audience approval, the needle would go way upscale if anyone in the audience whistled loudly. Plus it's very likely that whoever went second would get a boost because his/her supporters would be sure to try outdoing the level they heard for the first contestant.

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Somehow, I suspect those applause-o-meters are a notch below scientific in their results.  Didn't Queen For A Day use an applause-o-meter?

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