This was originally published on Off The Main Page on April 19, 2017.
Have you ever wondered how your Congressman decides how to vote? Do your calls or emails or letters matter? According to a new study, they don’t matter. Your Congressmen are more influenced by lobbyists than the opinions and input of their constituents. Some people voted for President Donald Trump because they thought he would get rid of establishment politicians, which he referred to as “draining the swamp.”
The study took data from 2,000 people. It compared their ideas and opinions to the laws that actually get passed. It turns out that public opinion does very little good in influencing the laws that get passed. The opinions of 90 percent of Americans have little to no impact on policy. The opinions of the top 10 percent of Americans have more influence over the laws that get passed.
From the study:
“The preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”
This video gives a rundown of the study and the findings. There is one graph, in particular, that is very informative and shows how our government should work versus how our government actually works.
Here is the video from Represent Us: