Paul Spears on Abraham Lincoln.
What if Lincoln would have been subject to the tyranny of opinion polls? Clearly, Lincoln made mistakes as he conducted the war against the Confederacy, but he did not let these mistakes sway his principle convictions. It was these principles that allowed him to continue forward even though the United States during the early part of the war was beset by one setback after another. Cleary, if Lincoln presidency would have been subject to public opinion polls during the early part of the Civil War much of the results would have been negative, but it is obviously the case that much of the public held wrong beliefs about slavery and the handling of the war.