Silent politics: polls and the awareness of public opinion
Silent politics: polls and the awareness of public opinion

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authored-by Leo Bogart on 6/7/2019, 6:21:28 PM

references No Opinion, Don't Know, and Maybe No Answer on 9/23/2019, 4:57:46 PM

references Franking on 9/23/2019, 4:59:44 PM

excerpt [A]n official who says or does something that is disapproved by a plurality of respondents in a survey risks the pragmatic political hazard of defending a minority position. He also faces the accusation that he has "defied" public opinion, even though the very exercise of his leadership can shift opinion towards the course of action he supports. 6 on 9/23/2019, 5:03:07 PM

excerpt A leader who does what is popular, even when it does not make sense, does his constituents no service, yet this kind of accommodation goes on continually. 8 on 9/23/2019, 5:05:28 PM

references Vladimir K. Zworykin on 9/23/2019, 5:06:01 PM

quote "modern technology makes it possible to give the people the ability to communicate their wishes and opinions to the government with a directness and immediacy comparable with that realized at present in the opposite direction" 8 on 9/23/2019, 5:07:46 PM

excerpt Opinion surveys have become a mechanism through which the public becomes sensitized to its own needs and self-conscious about its collective stance. 15 on 9/23/2019, 5:12:21 PM

excerpt Polling, through its adherence to scientific method and its use of statistics, gives form and the appearance of measured precision to what was formerly visceral in origin and nebulous in shape. Polling presents public opinion not as a disembodied collective expression, but as the sum of individuals' opinions. 16 on 9/23/2019, 5:14:40 PM

excerpt He begins to believe the words he reads simply because he has uttered them. 19 on 9/23/2019, 5:17:00 PM

excerpt The politician's sensitivity to polls reflects their high and growing visibility. Polls are a form of mass entertainment, with large and steadily increasing amounts of attention devoted to them in the press and on television. 21 on 9/23/2019, 5:18:44 PM

excerpt The leader's supremacy in the eye's of the majority depends on the assumption that he embodies the consensus. 46 on 9/23/2019, 5:27:08 PM

excerpt But how much unanimity of outlook can we expect from people who have few unique channels of common communication, who are geographically dispersed, whose relationships with each other are as impersonal as any others in urban society and whose day-to-day concerns and allegiances stem from many points of orientation... 67 on 9/23/2019, 5:42:54 PM

excerpt Our opinions invariably go beyond our real knowledge. The mass media can give us the illusion of knowing the inside of a story of what in fact we only know selectively and incompletely. 99 on 9/23/2019, 5:47:32 PM

excerpt Awareness of majority opinion or judgements makes it possible for a person to compare his own ideas and perceptions with those of his group. 107 on 9/23/2019, 5:51:26 PM

quote "In the United States, the majority undertakes to supply a multitude of ready-made opinions for the use of individuals who are thus relieved from the necessity of forming opinions of their own." on 9/23/2019, 5:55:11 PM

references Jacques Necker on 9/23/2019, 5:57:02 PM

excerpt The purpose of such imagery is not merely to glorify the Leader by contrasting his residual streak of humanity with what is known to be his absolute power; the purpose is also to proclaim his oneness with the people. He is not merely the ruler; he is the executor of the people's will. 152 on 9/23/2019, 6:01:12 PM

quote "By whatever political laws men are governed in ages of equality, it may be foreseen that faith in public opinion will become for them a species of religion, and the majority its ministering prophet." on 9/23/2019, 6:05:15 PM

references Walter Bagehot on 9/23/2019, 6:11:27 PM

excerpt Public opinion is a permeating influence. It requires us to think other men on 9/23/2019, 6:11:47 PM

quote Public opinion is a permeating influence. It requires us to think other men's thoughts, to speak other men's words, to follow other men's habits. on 9/23/2019, 6:12:52 PM

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