Public Opinion Is Real, And It Matters

1417 Words Feb 24th, 2016 6 Pages
Guns and Trump Anxiety
Liriam Quintanilla
February 24, 2016
Government and Politics 170 (0101): American Politics
Nathan Lovin William T. Bianco states, “Public opinion is real, and it matters.” This statement is true to every extent, especially in the United States of America, where people have the freedom to express any and all of their opinions. With numerous cultures, beliefs, and values that reside in this country it is inevitable there be disagreements over policies and who is the best fit to run the country. One topic, which is more controversial than popular that many Americans voice their opinion on, is gun control. In a recent poll conducted by MSNBC, they asked if the people supported President Barack Obama’s plan in increasing the reach of federal background checks for gun purchases and improving enforcement of existing laws; which resulted in sixty-seven percent supporting this plan. Another topic Americans voice their opinion on is who they believe is the best fit to run the country. With the presidential elections approaching the Washington Post conducted a poll to see which candidate the public was more anxious about, the candidate was Donald Trump with sixty-nine percent of votes, ten percent more than his opponents. What do all these findings mean in respect to public opinion and do they accurately represent the public opinion of Americans. Who cares about public opinion? The media does and so do politicians, they put in a lot of effort in…

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