A STAGE 2 ASSERTION: THE MAJORITY RULES?, Is a slight step up from Stage 1, in that the candidate at least offers an explanation for why a certain issue is supported or not.
As we have seen, however, Polls are virtually meaningless. They can be, and often are, created to provide one side with an advantage. ( Read the proceeding posts on STATISTICS AND POLLS.)
Often, what it does mean, is an excuse for the candidate not to explain any other reason for the stand taken. It is an Intellectual "GET OUT OF JAIL FREE" card. It is the, "I'M A CANDIDATE OF THE PEOPLE" answer, by someone who doesn't bother to try and understand how the issue may actually affect the Constituents.
It may be hard for some to hear, but many of the Social Advances made in the U.S. throughout its history, were accomplished by Public Officials bucking the seeming will of the majority. Equal Rights for all Racial Groups, Womens Suffrage, Child Care Laws etc., came about because principled Office Holders stood up to the Bullying and Irrationality of those who only cared about their own needs.
This is where real courage lies: SUPPORTING A POSITION OR ISSUE BECAUSE IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO, NOT BECAUSE YOU THINK THAT IT IS SUPPORTED BY A MAJORITY OF AT LEAST ONE.