Suggests that RAND Graduate Institute graduates add another dimension to their work on public issues and problems--public opinion. In developing public policy, public opinion is especially important when the broad outlines first become clear. When a public policy is found to be sound, public understanding and support are vital to its success, as seen in the process of the Panama Canal treaties. All public issues are not that straightforward and do not respond so well to an educational effort. The press is a vital element in public communication and has proved an effective part of our democratic system of checks and balances. In developing public support, analysts should keep in mind the current problem of credibility of basic democratic institutions. They should talk about their work so the public can develop an appreciation for the skill and efforts made to assure sound public policy.
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