What is the importance of public opinion in a representative democracy?

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Public opinion is very important in a representative democracy. In a representative democracy, we elect leaders to represent us. In an ideal world, the leaders will do what a majority of the people they represent want them to do. The job of an elected official is to know the views...

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Public opinion is very important in a representative democracy. In a representative democracy, we elect leaders to represent us. In an ideal world, the leaders will do what a majority of the people they represent want them to do. The job of an elected official is to know the views of the people in his or her district. Therefore, public opinion is very important to the elected official so he or she can do what the majority of his or her constituents want to be done.

Our elected officials are constantly seeking the public’s opinion. They send surveys to their constituents to get their feedback. They go door-to-door to visit with people in their district. They develop polls and questionnaires to find out what the public thinks about issues and to find out what issues are important to the people. This is why it is important that people respond to these surveys, contact their elected officials, and share their thoughts on issues. If only a small number of people do this, the elected official may represent that small group or may vote on an issue based on what he or she thinks should be done. We need to take our responsibility seriously in a representative democracy by communicating with our elected leaders.

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