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  • Yes, politicians should follow public opinion, within reason.

    Politicians are hired to be our representatives, so it makes sense that they should follow what the general public wants (for example, how they end up representing us in the election, as delegates). However, they shouldn't completely bend their own beliefs just to placate people. Doing so makes them look wishy washy, and as if they aren't well educated on the issues.

  • Yes

    Politicians should follow public opinion because that is what they are elected to do. The public elected them to represent their voice. They need to make sure that they echo that voice to other governmental people and agencies. If they do not follow that opinion they would never get reelected again.

  • Yes they should!

    Politicians definitely should follow public opinion. Whatever they are currently doing clearly is not working, so why not follow public opinion? Who knows better what we need then us? Public opinion is very important, and the political system would change for the better if they followed public opinion! Let's make a change!

  • Yes.

    Yes, as a whole politicians should follow pubic opinion. We live in a democracy and the people need to have a voice in the matters of law and regulation. Will the public be right all the time? No. But what people think needs to be taken into consideration because the choices made effect them too.

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  • The American Public is Stupid.

    Before I say anything, can you name any one of your senators? By a ton of polls conducted, citizens are clearly not that interested in every detail of politics, and statistics and graphs shows how public opinion is usually critical of their leader's decisions, mostly after their honeymoon period. The politicians are experts and politics are their specialty. We elected them so they can make the decisions for us and take up the job. We can only use speech to influence the politicians, but if public opinion was the driving force, think of how long debates will take with everyone arguing. We won't have time for this if another cold war happened, and millions of people are arguing about stuff. Also this can't apply to the military, CIA and Secret Service all have military intelligence that if leaked, will give other nations a great advantage into destroying our country. All the public really cares about is their daily lives and how to live well, or their jobs.

  • Not all the time!

    The job of a politician is partially that of a representative - they ought to consult those who voted for them as both a matter of principle and, if they're interested in re-election, of pragmatism! However, we live in a representative democracy. We vote for individuals who we feel best represent us - yet this does not mean they ought to do nothing but bow to public opinion. They must also vote as they see fit - if the people wanted to go to war with some insignificant nation because of petty comments by their leader, should politicians go along with that unquestionably? Obviously not - but if you really felt strongly about the issue, you could vote for someone else at the next election. That's democracy!

  • No, not all the time.

    In general, politicians should have their fingers on the pulse of the constituents they represent. But people can be short-sighted and not always have long-term interests in mind. Politicians are elected ostensibly because they have good decision making skills and will try to do what is right even when it is not popular with a majority of people.


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