Polls and policy making: what does ‘public opinion’ really mean?

The World

After plenty of examples suggesting otherwise, a new Gallup poll out this week indicates a majority of Americans actually support the passage of health care legislation.

Do we simply like rooting for the winners of our political battles? And how did polling in the health care reform debate affect the bill that went to the president? We’re joined by John Zogby, president and CEO of polling firm Zogby International to help us understand what the polls imply about the psyche of the American public and members of Congress.

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