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Poll: Politicians Should Pay Attention To Polls

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I had mentioned this in a previous post’s comment thread that I can’t find now, but if politicians think that polls don’t matter, the public feels the exact opposite.

From World Public Opinion:

In sharp contrast to views recently expressed by Vice President Cheney, a new poll finds that an overwhelming majority of Americans believe government leaders should pay attention to public opinion polls and that the public should generally have more influence over government leaders than it does.

Eighty-one percent say when making “an important decision” government leaders “should pay attention to public opinion polls because this will help them get a sense of the public’s views.” Only 18 percent said “they should not pay attention to public opinion polls because this will distract them from deciding what they think is right.”

And this is especially true when responding to Dana Perino’s statement that, “The American people have input every four years, and that’s the way our system is set up.”

Especially now in this age of instant information and social media, polls provide a snapshot of what we think politicians should be doing for us…because, after all, they do work for us. And if polls show overwhelming trends, that shouldn’t be ignored. But don’t just take my word for it…check out the numbers about how much influence the public should have…

Yeah, there’s not really much wiggle room there.

Obviously this doesn’t mean that politicians should solely go by polling, so please, let’s avoid these questions in the comments section. However, what it does mean is that we think there’s value in our collective opinion, so take note.