Study: Compared to economic elites, ordinary folks have little or no political power


You can file this under Profound Grasp of the Obvious:

A forthcoming article by analysts Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page bases its conclusions on the study of  1,779 policy outcomes over a period of more than 20 years. The findings show that “economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence.”

There’s more on Gilens’ and Page’s finding HERE:

 In their primary statistical analysis, the collective preferences of ordinary citizens had only a negligible estimated effect on policy outcomes, while the collective preferences of “economic elites” (roughly proxied by citizens at the 90th percentile of the income distribution) were 15 times as important. “Mass-based interest groups” mattered, too, but only about half as much as business interest groups — and the preferences of those public interest groups were only weakly correlated (.12) with the preferences of the public as measured in opinion surveys.


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