Polling and Democracy: Report of the AAPOR task force on public opinion and leadership

Public opinion is the lifeblood of democracy, and so AAPOR, the American Association for Public Opinion Research, is more than a professional organization. AAPOR is a professional organization dedicated to giving people a voice in the decisions that affect their daily lives. A key part of our mission is to educate policy makers and the public at large to help them make more and better use of public opinion information. …

The document presents a superb summary of the arguments made by both those who favor an expansive role of the public in the decision making process and those who favor a more limited role. [cont.]

Robert Santos, AAPOR