Published On: Sun, Jul 21st, 2019

Elected Officials Don’t Care About The Opinions Of Their Constituents At All, Yale University Study Finds

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Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, when asked how he expects to pass some of his proposed, sweeping legislation such as his “Medicare for All” and “free college tuition” proposals, often responds that he intends to start a “political revolution,” as Vox.com explained. A mass movement of public opinion in favor of his broad social policies and reforms, he says, will essentially force politicians to support those policies.

But a new research study by political scientists from Yale University and George Washington University suggests that Sanders may be in for a disappointment — as will be anyone who believes that public opinion can influence the actions of elected representatives. The study, published on July 7 and available online from OSF Preprints, found that politicians, at least at the state legislative level, simply do not care about their constituents’ viewpoints at all.

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Elected Officials Don’t Care About The Opinions Of Their Constituents At All, Yale University Study Finds