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Should public officials use public opinion polls to make policy decisions? Why or why not?

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Public opinion polls – Are they good?

Abstract

Public policy making is a complex process as it involves several tradeoffs and determining the measures which would serve greater good.
Public polls can be used to collect views of the public. However, the way in which the process is conducted and the lack of holistic view on the part of the individuals can provide inaccurate details.

The respondents can focus more on issues that interest them.
Sampling the population and avoiding sampling bias is also difficult since some respondents may simply prefer not to disclose their opinion and this can cause the results to be skewed.
The costs and time invested in conducting polls can be better utilized and as such, use of public opinion polls appears to be highly dubious.

Table of contents

Introduction …………………………….    ………………………………………………………4

Polls – Good or bad ……………………….. . ……………………………………………………4

Drawbacks associated with public opinion polls…………………. ……………………………..5

Conclusion………………………..    ……………………………   …………………………….7

References…   …………………    ……………………………………………….   …………….8

Introduction

Weissberg (2001) has stated that public opinion has been often considered as a reliable guide when making policy decisions since the wishes and views of the respondents are measured and used to develop policies.
With the growth of the Internet, it has become...
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