The Pollsters: Public Opinion, Politics and Democratic Leadership

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Chapter 19:
Takes the Reader to Old Sarum and
Bristol in order to suggest that the Poll-
sters fail to come to grips with some
problems that Modern Democracies are
facing.

IN AN EARLIER CHAPTER I referred to the mistaken belief that modern law is a product of a common will. We now have a society so complicated that the laws our legislatures pass are for the most part designed to satisfy or check special or sectional interests. Over the years the form of the political machinery we have used to effect such determinations has remained pretty much the same. Its manner of working has changed, and I explain what I mean obliquely. Indeed I shall endeavor to make my points geographically.

To most Americans who have traveled in England the name "Old Sarum" has meant little more than some ruins that were listed in guidebooks under the rubric "Ancient Monuments and Historic Works." Not many travelers came upon these historical works save by accident, although all who took the road from the cathedral city of Salisbury (formerly New Sarum) to Stonehenge passed within a hundred yards of them. The few who, when traveling from Salisbury to Stonehenge, turned to the west of this road a mile or so north of

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