Click title to request ConnectNY copy. "Even if public opinion could be measured (which Rogers doubted), he believed that legislators’ use of polls to inform their votes would be inconsistent with their constitutional duty. The United States has a representative government for many reasons, among them that it protects the rights of minorities against the tyranny of a majority." (Lepore, 2015).
“Surveys produce just what democracy is supposed to produce—equal representation of all citizens. The sample survey is rigorously egalitarian; it is designed so that each citizen has an equal chance to participate and an equal voice when participating.”
Founder of Polimetrix, sold to YouGov, Rivers developed matched sampling that uses the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey data from 1 million people surveyed each year to generate a random sample according to variables that represent the desired demographic.
See author's 2007 white paper prepared from presentation given at the Joint Statistical Meetings, Salt Lake City, Utah, July-August. 2007 for the full explanation of this statistical method via https://s3.amazonaws.com/yg-public/Scientific/Sample+Matching_JSM.pdf
Click on title to request ConnectNY copy. His thesis is that online organizations have redefined membership and fundraising practices via innovative methods for gathering the opinions of their communities and moving people from opinion to action.
The new generation of political advocacy groups -- The MoveOn effect: disruptive innovation in the interest group ecology of American politics -- Political blogs as politcal associations -- Online tools for offline action: neo-federated political associations -- Netroots as networks: building progressive infrastructure -- Don't think of an online elephant -- Innovation edges, advocacy inflation and sedimentary organizations