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Who Do Politicians Really Represent & Do We Notice?

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by Anthony Orlando

With Donald Trump’s approval ratings at record lows, it’s worth asking how much this one number matters…and whether the people who approve really are better represented by him than the people who don’t. If our politicians really do represent some Americans better than others, it calls into question the very foundational ideals of our representative democracy.

In this episode, Brian Newman uncovers who’s represented, who’s not, and how it affects their view of government.

Prof. Newman is the Frank R. Seaver Professor of Political Science at Pepperdine University and co-author of the book Minority Report: Evaluating Political Equality in America.

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