Martin Gilens, professor of politics at Princeton University, and Benjamin I. Page, professor of decision making at Northwestern University, published a paper entitled, “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens.” The paper appeared in the September 2014 issue of Perspectives on Politics and can be accessed as a pdf document.
The conclusion of this study is that public opinion of average citizens, as distinct from elite opinion, in the U.S. has no effect on public policy.
This conclusion is highly relevant to the current media frenzy over Russian interference in the 2016, or any other election.
The media spin is that Russia’s interference corrupted an essential democratic process by means of which public opinion determines public policy. And yet the Gilens-Page study shows that public opinion does not influence public policy.
Thus, as far as the public at large is concerned, the issue of interference in the election is, at best, no more than academic.
Why is the media, and the MeToo Triplicate, obsessed with an issue that is relevant to less than one percent of the population?