Navigating Public Opinion: Polls, Policy, and the Future of American Democracy

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NAVIGATING
PUBLIC OPINION

Polls, Policy, and the Future of American Democracy

Edited by
JEFF MANZA
FAY LOMAX COOK
BENJAMIN I. PAGE

OXFORD
UNIVERSITY PRESS
2002

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • Contributors xi
  • Navigating Public Opinion 1
  • Navigating Public Opinion - An Introduction 3
  • Part I - Does Policy Responsiveness Exist? 15
  • 1 - The State of the Debate 17
  • Notes *
  • 2 - Causal Flow in a Macro System Model 33
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  • 3 - Crafted Talk and the Loss of Democratic Responsiveness 54
  • Notes *
  • 4 - Politicians and Public Opinion 76
  • Notes *
  • 5 - Public Opinion and Congressional Action on Labor Market Opportunities, 1942–2000 86
  • Notes *
  • 6 - Polls, Priming, and the Politics of Welfare Reform 106
  • Notes *
  • 7 - The Power Elite, Public Policy, and Public Opinion 124
  • Part II - How Political Elites Use Public Opinion 139
  • 8 - Polls, Policy Debates, and the Future of Social Security 141
  • Notes *
  • 9 - How State-Level Policy Managers “read” Public Opinion 171
  • Notes *
  • 10 - How Presidents Use Public Opinion 184
  • Notes *
  • 11 - How Policymakers Misperceive U. S. Public Opinion on Foreign Policy 201
  • Notes 218
  • Part III - Measuring Public Opinion 219
  • 12 - The Authority and Limitations of Polls 221
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  • 13 - An Anatomy of Survey-Based Experiments 232
  • Notes *
  • 14 - Probabilistic Polling 251
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  • 15 - Relational Inference and the Development of Internet Survey Instruments 272
  • Notes *
  • 16 - The Sovereign Status of Survey Data 290
  • Notes *
  • Part IV - Conclusion 313
  • 17 - The Value of Polls in Promoting Good Government and Democracy 315
  • 18 - The Semi-Sovereign Public 325
  • Notes *
  • References 345
  • Index 373
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