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Elite vs. the people in American politics

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Business Times - 16 Oct 2007
A gulf divides political elite and the US public
Reactions to US policy on global issues shows up a division in govt and public attitudes

By LEON HADAR
WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT

IF you have been monitoring the latest opinion polls that measure the American public's shifting attitudes on the Iraq War, international trade and other global policy issues, you might assume that the Bush Administration and the Democratic-controlled Congress would be now in the process of adopting policies and taking steps aimed at the withdrawal of American troops from Mesopotamia and pulling the US out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

After all, the American politicians and the voters who elect them pride themselves as being part of the most open and representative democratic system that the world has ever known (and they even try to impose their political system on other countries through peaceful measures, and if necessary, by force).

So if the opinion po…