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Offline Bastet

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Public Opinion
« on: May09-2015, 01:15:02 »

Have you ever felt like the government doesn’t really care what you think?

Professors Martin Gilens (Princeton University) and Benjamin I. Page (Northwestern University) looked at more than 20 years worth of data to answer a simple question: Does the government represent the people?

Their study took data from nearly 2000 public opinion surveys and compared it to the policies that ended up becoming law. In other words, they compared what the public wanted to what the government actually did. What they found was extremely unsettling: The opinions of 90% of Americans has essentially no impact at all.

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Re: Public Opinion
« Reply #1 on: May10-2015, 09:31:26 »
Interesting and a vicious cycle at that.

Without data to back this up, however I hazard to guess this would be quite similar in other developed countries as well regardless of the government system. Money makes the world go round.

I wonder whether anyone has done a study of the various government systems such as communism, socialism for comparison purposes.