Jan. 2, 1959: Paul Coates ‘Repeal the Mann Act?’

L.A. Times, 2009

Jan. 2, 1959: Long before Nate Silver launched 538, Paul Coates was skeptical of polls and to prove his point formed his own polling concern: the Los Angeles Survey Institute. His question: “Do you think the Mann Act deters or helps the cause of organized labor — and if you feel it deters, would you vote for its repeal?”

The Mann Act, of course, banned taking a woman across state lines for immoral purposes. Coates found that 12% of respondents realized the Mann Act involved “white slavery.” The rest? Oh dear.

Coates entire column is at Archive.org.

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3 Responses to Jan. 2, 1959: Paul Coates ‘Repeal the Mann Act?’

  1. aryedirect says:

    “White Slavery” what a term! It is unthinkable because it is ‘White’. The other kind, not so much.


  2. Benito says:

    A reliable gag. The Man Show polled women on the street about needing to “stop womens suffrage”. Most agreed, and hilarity ensued.


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