Curiosity – Roe vs. Wade Overturned

Yeah, I think a lot of policies and government actions don’t have much popular support. I don’t have a good model for understanding how public opinion affects government actions. Does public opinion have any affect on any policies? Which policies can public opinion affect? Are there historical examples of public opinion turning the tide on a political issue? Does it makes sense that public opinion could be a factor but not a deciding factor? How do political issues like the abortion bans get decided? Is policy set mostly by elites negotiating outside the public eye? What is the minimum number of people that need to be persuaded to change Texas policy on abortion bans?

I don’t think I have answers to the above quesions.