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Author Simon, Adam F., 1965-

Title Mass informed consent : evidence on upgrading democracy with polls and new media / Adam F. Simon
Published Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (v, 231 pages) : illustrations
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
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Democracy -- United States.
Mass media and public opinion -- United States.
Public opinion polls -- United States.
Public opinion -- United States.
Social sciences.
United States -- Politics and government -- 2001-2009 -- Public opinion.
United States -- Politics and government -- 2009- -- Public opinion
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2010042442
ISBN 1442209348 (electronic bk.)
9781442209343 (electronic bk.)