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Explore the importance of public opinion in shaping national politics in this episode from Founding Principles: American Governance in Action, a civics video series produced by Bowdoin College. Through a study of foundational documents like The Federalist Papers and the overlap between policy and popular beliefs, students learn about polling design and how random sampling, survey reliability, margins of error, and data analysis guide our understanding of public opinion.
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