Is public opinion generally clear (i.e., providing broad signals to elected leaders about what needs to be done)? Why or why not?

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Public opinion is seldom clear. This is demonstrated by the frequency with which pundits and pollsters—who spend their careers studying public opinion—are completely mistaken about the result of matters such as elections and referenda, which are the subjects of intense scrutiny. There are plenty of recent examples, including the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency, and the U.K. referendum on leaving...

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