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ABSTRACT George Bishop?s The Illusion of Public Opinion does a superb job of showing how various errors and malfeasances in conducting and interpreting surveys have created illusions about public opinion. It thereby offers a very useful compendium on how to do, and especially how not to do, survey research. Nothing in the book, however, provides persuasive evidence for either of two more troubling ?illusion? arguments: that collective public preferences on policy issues do not exist; or that surveys cannot measure them. Instead, Bishop?s examples show that even in obscure, low?information situations, well?designed survey questions generally reveal meaningful collective policy preferences that are coherent, well differentiated, and reflective of citizens? basic interests and values
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