Polling, Policy and Public Opinion: The Case Against Heeding the Voice of the People (BOK)
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The opinion poll has become commonplace in politics and typically reveals public desires for greater government social welfare assistance, such as more aid for education or health care. These statistics seem to proclaim the welfare state's enduring popularity. Though sincere, these desires largely reflect how questions are asked. Unfortunately, polls usually lack basic economic restraints. There are no costs, risks or disasters in the world of polling. Market based solutions are routinely excluded. This text works to reveal these shortcomings and clearly demonstrates why a government ruled by the vox populi would be folly.