Friday, March 9, 2012

Political Polls; Love 'em or leave 'em

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As the country nears closer to a Presidential election, it's common to read, see, and hear political polls. They're definitely not the gospel truth by any stretch of the imagination, but yet what they do is give an indication of what could be. Believe it or not, political polls were alive and well at the time of the Prophet Joseph Smith. In 1844, Joseph Smith announced his candidacy to the Presidency of the United States. A popular past time while folks traveled by Steam boats up and down the Mississippi River in 1844 was to poll those on board, asking essentially who they would vote for. These were called "Steamboat elections." Now the question, in the two polls recorded in History of the Church both polls came out the same. What was the order of the candidates?

A) Joseph Smith, Henry Clay, Martin Van Buren
B) Clay, Smith, Van Buren
C) Clay, Van Buren, Smith
D) Van Buren, Smith, Clay

Yesterday's answer:
B) Joseph Temple Bennett

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