We started by noting the public opinion polls growing accomplishments. Whether judged by the amount of attention that the White House gives them or by the rapidity with which they can be carried out, progress is undeniable. Also, despite what might seem like constant carping over polling clumsiness, we generally applaud this advancement and welcome even greater headway. Our own limited efforts are certainly intended as a contribution to this march forward. To claim that this book is “antipolling” or disdainful of popular opinion is inaccurate. It also is not our purpose to reopen dimly remembered debates over the ability of polls can “really” assess some mysterious Volkgeist. Our inquiry centers on the polls political role, not its technical validity.
KeywordsPublic Opinion Ordinary Citizen Democratic Governance Poll Result Poll Question
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