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The Framers of the Constitution did not try to create a government that would do from
day to day "what the people want."
Studies of public opinion in the 1940s found most citizens had high levels of
knowledge about government and policy.
Since 1952, the major polls have a modest record with respect to predicting the winner
in presidential elections.
The proportion of citizens who consider themselves Democrats or Republicans has
steadily increased since the 1950s.
Studies suggest religious influences on public opinion are most pronounced with
respect to economic issues.
Today, there is evidence to suggest that college students are more conservative than
they were twenty years ago.
The better informed people are about politics and the more interest they take in it, the
less likely they are to have consistently liberal or conservative views.
Delegates to presidential nominating conventions tend to be more ideological than the
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