The ability of the media to manipulate the public's opinion causes what is best for the nation to be 'askewed' from reality when that opinion dominates the legislative process.
For Republicans to demand the government to reflect the opinion of the people is not 'governing' it is 'campaigning.' Constitutional content of legislation is suppose to bring about benevolence to the USA democracy, not, opinion.
To govern demanding any legislation to 'answer' to the opinion of the public is unconstitutional and threatens the sovereignty of the country. Governing is not about opinion, it is however about doing what is best for the citizens of the USA.
Corporations are NOT citizens.
...Silver offers a picture of electoral maps between 2004 and 2008 – a profound shift of the entire electoral map towards blue, or liberal, voting. He points out that there’s a block of states – centered on Arkansas – which voted more strongly against Obama than they did against Clinton.
Is this about race?, Silver wonders. In Louisiana, roughly 1 in 5 white voters told polsters that race had been a factor in choosing not to vote for Obama – that compares to roughly 4% in states like New York and California.
Is racism predictable? he asks. He looked for correlations between independent variables and racism and found a strong correlation to levels of education – low education levels correlate closely with racial-based voting. Highly rural states also showed this pattern, though it’s less dramatic than the educational pattern.
Using data from the General Social Survey (click here) which looked at people who had neighbors of another race, Silver looks at political affiliation – there are more Republicans in monoracial neighborhoods, but it’s not a dramatic difference. Similarly, there’s not much difference in opinion regarding affirmative action. But a question about interracial marriage gets dramatically different results in monoracial neighborhoods – people in these neighborhoods are twice as likely to support a law banning interracial marriage....
...Obama's overall approval rating (click title to entry - thank you) is holding steady, with 51 percent of respondents giving him positive marks and 46 percent rating him negatively. On the big domestic issues -- the economy, health care, jobs and the federal budget deficit -- bare majorities of Americans disapprove of the job he is doing...