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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterL View Post
    Polling wasn't as developed then as now . . . .
    That seems an understatement. On what basis of research are those statistics grounded?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Il Penseroso View Post
    That seems an understatement. On what basis of research are those statistics grounded?
    Old fashioned wining it after reading a lot of commentary from that period. There were some guesses by people back then as to how many people backed which side. One can confidently say that in 1770 the overwhelming majority of people in British North America wanted to remain a part of England. By 1775 there was enough opinion for independence that Massachusetts sent an expedition against Canada, and that attack was popular until it failed.

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