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Public opinion polls are useful if a politician uses them only to learn approximately what the people are thinking, so that he can talk to them more intelligently. The politician who sways with the polls is not worth his pay. And I believe the people eventually catch up with the man who merely tells them what he thinks they want to hear.

Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994) American politician, writer, US President (1967-74)
Six Crises, ch. 3 (1962)
Added on 10-Feb-15 | Last updated 10-Feb-15
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Polls are like perfume — nice to smell, dangerous to swallow.

Shimon Peres (b. 1923) Polish-Israeli politician, statesman
In International Herald Tribune (25-26 Jan 2003)
Added on 3-Feb-15 | Last updated 3-Feb-15
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About one-fifth of the people are against everything all the time.

Robert Francis Kennedy (1925-1968) American politician
Speech, University of Pennsylvania (6 May 1964)
Added on 29-Sep-14 | Last updated 29-Sep-14
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