Initiatives v Oligarchy

Our Founders' Warning: “Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.” (Thomas Jefferson)

Polls and Surveys

  1. The IQA shall arrange for Polls and Surveys of a sample of the people when necessary to clarify the need and desire for an Initiative and its contents, and to determine the IQA’s performance. The polls may be contracted with various polling organizations. Sophisticated random sampling techniques may be used with proper guidance if they have been proven. The efficacy of simple random sampling shall be compared with other methods such as stratified random sampling.
  2. The IQA shall test its own ability to predict the Electorate’s vote. When an Initiative is first introduced in plenary session and prior to general deliberation, Members shall cast their “predictive” votes as they would at the ballot, consciously disregarding any deliberative study to which they may have been exposed. The IQA’s “predictive” vote shall be compared with Polls and actual Electorate votes to determine if a IQA predictive vote can be accurate. No use of these predictive votes shall be made until its accuracy has been thoroughly evaluated.

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