Here is a report that was seen on the third page of the St. Louis Star-Times on December 8, 1941 (evening edition). The journalist clearly describes the mood on the streets that morning as the St Louisans listened to the President's declaration of war broadcast before Congress:
"[The] most impressive sight was in the ninth-floor Navy recruiting office which was crowded with applicants, some with their mothers. All sat quietly to listen. Even when applause came over the air, there still was silence in the room."
One year earlier the pollsters at Gallup reported that 88% of Americans were against declaring war on the Axis Powers; 60% were against giving aid to Britain.