A new study from Princeton and Northwestern universities has confirmed what many Americans already believed, the USA is ruled by the rich and elite. The peer reviewed study researched 1,800 changes in United States policy from 1981 to 2002. It showed that affluent Americans and large special interest groups are responsible for almost all policy changes that occur. In fact, the study found that American majority opinion had little if any effect on actual changes.
When popular opinion disagrees with the corporate culture popular opinion always loses. The report itself reads:
"When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organised interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the US political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favour policy change, they generally do not get it."https://www.princeton.edu/~mgilens/Gilens%20homepage%20materials/Gilens%20and%20Page/Gilens%20and%20Page%202014-Testing%20Theories%203-7-14.pdf
Another problem the study found was that the American political system has a strong status quo bias. This means that things are always more likely to stay the same than change in the USA. We already live in a system where the rich are heavily favored. Unfortunately it is likely to stay that way. The researchers have concluded that the USA is a system of "biased pluralism" where the whims of the rich and powerful out-way the needs of the many. This study was done on policy from before the Citizens United Supreme Court case. Who knows how these trends were affected since then. One thing is clear, in America politics has gone on sale.