Barbour and Wright argue that public opinion matters because
A. it should matter.
B. the public has far more power to influence events than politicians realize.
C. the public is too knowledgeable for politicians to ignore.
D. it is the only acceptable way for the public to express an opinion.
E. politicians and the media treat public opinion as if it matters.
Is B the correct answer? thanks!
You have chosen the wrong answer to this question. Option B is not as good as Option E. According to Barbour and Wright, public opinion is important because officials act as if it is. This answer can be found on pp.399-400 of their book.
On p. 399, the authors quote the famous political scientist V. O. Key. He says that there can be no real democracy unless public opinion has some role in shaping the policies that political leaders make. On the next page, Barbour and Wright say that this view is important. They say that politicians act as if they agree with Key that public opinion should matter. The fact that they act in this way is, the authors say, “the practical reason why public opinion matters in American politics.” Thus, Option E is the best answer.