Lincoln on Public Opinion and Polls

“Public opinion in this country is everything.”

Speech at Columbus, September 16, 1859

“Our government rests in public opinion. Whoever can change public opinion can change the government practically just so much. Public opinion, on any subject, always has a “central idea,” from which all its minor thoughts radiate.”

Speech at Chicago, December 10, 1856

“With public sentiment nothing can fail; without nothing can succeed.”

Speech at Ottawa, August 21, 1858


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