From Our Editors
Anticipating public opinion is a risky business and its role in the democratic political process in not fully understood. Susan Herbst reveals that public opinion often has little to do with the mass public in Reading Public Opinion. Herbst examines how legislative staffers, political activists and journalists evaluate public opinion.
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Public opinion is one of the most elusive and complex concepts in democratic theory, and we do not fully understand its role in the political process. Reading Public Opinion offers one provocative approach for understanding how public opinion fits into the empirical world of politics. In fact, Susan Herbst finds that public opinion, su...