am deeply opposed to polling because I do not believe in popular
opinion as a measure of something, anything for that matter. Polling
is a promotion of entropy of values in our life.
suggest they reveal what America is thinking and it’s insulting
that they think we’re so predictable. They’re often wrong
announcing what we think because half the time we have no idea
ourselves what we think.
are an amusing but superficial indication of what a lot of people
think. If any member of Congress accepts a poll as a mandate for how
he or she ought to vote, then we’ve got the wrong form of
government. Our democracy was never meant to be ruled by popular
opinion. Things are too often popular without being right and half
the time the public doesn’t know what it’s talking about on
issues of importance. We elect representatives who we hope know more
about it than we do.
Rooney: Common Nonsense, PublicAffairs, New York, 2002.