Why might politicians want to know public opinion?

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Public opinion is very important to politicians. Politicians need to know what the public is thinking. Since they represent the public, they need to be in tune with what the majority of the people they represent want to take place. If a politician doesn’t listen to his or her constituents, they may use that against the politician in the next election.

There are several things a politician can do to know what the public is thinking. Politicians often hold listening sessions in the area they represent. Voters can meet with the politician, ask questions, and share their opinions. Politicians also conduct surveys of the voters. These can be done in the mail, online, or over the phone. Politicians also have staff members who respond to communications they receive from voters about various issues. This allows the politician to know what the constituents are thinking and to directly respond to them. If politicians want to get reelected, they need to know what the public is thinking. This is especially true for those voters in that politician’s district or state.