Note: This is an encore post from 2006.
Sept. 9, 1907
More than a year before the 1908 presidential election, Republican William Howard Taft is far and away the favorite over Democrat William Jennings Bryan in a straw poll reported by The Times.
Taft has strong support across the board, particularly in surveys at the Hellman Building (144 vs. 28 for Bryan), City Banks (192 vs. 31) and the Soldiers Home at Sawtelle (202 vs. 30). Most of the tallies are quite lopsided in favor of Taft. The closest contest is at the wholesale houses, (75 vs. 62).