Too bad U.S. public opinion has no correlation with U.S. public policy.
The gray line in shows how ideally, the relationship between public support for a policy should be correlated with the likelihood of that policy being reflected in laws. However, the purple line shows that in reality, the opinion of least wealthiest 90% of Americans actually has no influence over which laws are enacted. A law has about a 30% likelihood of being enacted, regardless of the views of the bottom 90% of Americans.
Look at the second graph and you’ll see why. The yellow line shows that the top 10% wealthiest Americans control what laws get passed. Their opinions are literally the only ones that matter.
I hate it here.
On the bright side, it only takes 3.5% of the public actively participating in protests to bring about political change. Voting isn’t enough; we have to take this to the streets, send letters to newspapers and representatives, and in the meantime, help people in red states who are struggling with finding abortion access.