In 2014 a study was completed and Princeton University to answer the question above. They did this through a meta study correlating public opinion with new laws passing that were ratified at the same time. An ideal situation would like this;
However what they found was this;
They summarised with the quote
“The preferences of the average American appear to have only a miniscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy”
I wonder what a similar study in Australia would look like?
The graphs were taken from the video below