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Mass Informed Consent: Evidence on Upgrading Democracy with Polls and New Media


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Public opinion polling permeates today's politics, yet many seem suspicious of polls and skeptical in their prominence, fearing that overreliance on public opinion amounts to pandering or that pollsters can manipulate a feeble public. In this book Adam Simon argues that democracy requires that government listen to the public and that sample surveys are the finest democratic technology yet devised. He lays out the fundamentals of public opinion research and illustrates his discussion of the science of polling with recent political hot button issues as case studies_the decision to invade Iraq, partial birth abortion, and the Clinton health care debate. He advocates that poll results meet the standard for mass informed consent and should play a larger role in our politics. Simon concludes with recommendations to improve democracy from the standpoint of citizens, politicians, and the media. Mass Informed Consent will be of special interest to students of public opinion, political behavior, media and politics, interest group politics, and political communication.

Table of Contents

Who deserves the blame for invading Iraq (and other mistakes)? — The yes, no, and don't knows of political polling — Gently introducing science, starring the median voter model and a test of citizens' independence — Why do Americans favor some things yet oppose others? and explaining Republican success against partial birth abortion — Questions are just as important as answers, particularly in a study of public opinion on the Iraq invasion — Debunking manipulation myths, featuring the infamous Harry and Louise — Political reforms and thoughts on media old and new.

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Politics - General
Simon, Adam F.
Public opinion - United States
Democracy - United States
Political Science : Political Ideologies - Democracy
Social Science : General
Publication Date:
January 2011

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History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Reference and Methodology

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