In 600-700 words, address the following questions address each of the following questions:
- How important is public opinion to government decision-making? What impact, if any, does public opinion have on politicians and how they make decisions?
- How do the news media influence public opinion and political agenda setting? How has the Internet/ social media impacted public opinion? What about when social media gets it “wrong?” How damaging can that be to public opinion and the trustworthiness of the news media?
- Explain how public opinion and the news media can affect participation and voter turnout.