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Jan
16
2018

MPPA Student Leadership Council Open Meeting

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Chicago

The Northwestern Master of Public Policy and Administration Student Leadership Council would like to invite you to an open meeting to come learn about the board operations and voice your opinion on what you would like to see. These meetings will be held twice each quarter.

Jan
18
2018

What Politicians Believe About Public Opinion

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Chicago

Christopher SkovronPostdoctoral research scholar, Institute for Policy Research and Data Science Initiative Food and refreshments will be provided. Many political advocates express frustration that public policy does not correspond with majority public opinion, even on salient issues that are the topic of significant public debate and polling. In his research, he proposes a possible explanation for disconnects between public opinion and policy: politicians may systematically misperceive their constituents’ opinions. Using thousands of original surveys of candidates for state legislature as well as fine-grained estimates of district-level public opinion, he shows that Republican politicians consistently and strongly overestimate public support for conservative issue positions. Democratic politicians have more accurate perceptions of opinion in their district. He considers possible explanations for these trends, especially how politicians perceive different citizens’ likelihood of voting.

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