The Relationship Between Public Opinion and Public Policy
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During the first five months of 1975, a group composed of Kalamazoo College students and instructor Susan Steward conducted a public opinion survey for the Region III Planning and Advisory Council. Data was gathered from three different groups within the five county region. (These counties are Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, and St. Joseph. ) The three groups are public officials, civic leaders, and general citizens. Survey questions dealt with such substantive areas as transportation, land use, and commercial and industrial development. It is the purpose of this paper, then, to explore the question: What relationship, if any, exists between public opinion and public policy. The discussion will be divided into three basic parts; 1) a definition and explanation of public opinion; 2) alternative theories of public policy; 3) most important, the relationship between public opinion and public policy.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email email@example.com to request access to this SIP.
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