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Unformatted text preview: Question 4 Why is public opinion important in American Politics? Public opinion is a fundamental aspect of democratic politics. Politicians pay very close attention to public opinion polls. They make decisions on their platforms based on what the American public seems to want. Leaders are careful to anticipate the public opinion because if the public disapproves of their actions they will have little success in their future careers. Public opinion polls are signals to the politicians of what issues are important to the country. Leaders usually try to govern by public opinion and voters usually get what they want in the long run. People may be inconsistent guides for policy making, but public opinion as a whole is fairly consistent. When the public opinion changes, a change in policy usually follows. What are some technical problems with conducting accurate public opinion polls? One technical problem that can occur with public opinion polls is a sampling error. Care must be taken to insure that the opinions sampled represent the whole public and are not biased because of the...
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course POLITICS 100 taught by Professor - during the Spring '08 term at Creighton.
- Spring '08