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Public Opinion Tuesday, March 11, 2008 10:31 AM Public Opinion: the sum of individual attitudes or beliefs about an issue or question. 1. The question is how do we discover what these are? Answer: surveys or public opinion polls, 1930s George Gallup A. In terms of elected officials how should these polls be used? a. Delegate Model of representative democracy- elected officials are obligated to seek out and follow the views of their constituency when they make political decisions (i.e., encourage polls) Assumes an informed public and accurate polls B. Trustee system of democracy- elected officials are the experts so they should make decisions which they feel are correct whether or not they are supported by public opinion a. Assumes uninformed public C. Individual elected officials decide which model is best for themselves D. Survey research- the idea is to sample a subset of the population that you are interested in E. Why take a sample? Answer: in most cases it is impossible to get responses from the entire population and according to "science" this is all we need 2.
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