Obama, Policy, and Public Opinion

Glenn Greenwald has a really interesting post in response to the argument that Obama Administration policies are an appropriate response to public opinion (especially with regards to civil liberties).

I wrote about public opinion for PA 874: The Policy-Making Process this past Fall, particularly the relationship between public opinion and the Supreme Court’s making of death penalty policy (which involved a longer argument about the Supreme Court as a policy-making body). But in my research, I found that public opinion does tend to have a lot of sway on political decisions; however – as Greenwald expresses in his post – politicians can shape public opinion through their actions, not just bend to the “will” of the public.  And they do so all the time. As Greenwald states:

“By embracing as his own many of the very policies he vowed to uproot, Obama has gutted the core of public opposition to those policies.”


About Sylvia Fredericks

Second-Year MPA student at the La Follette School for Public Affairs (University of Wisconsin - Madison)
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