Pennsylvania legislative leaders have paid out-of-state companies $466,000 this year to conduct focus groups and public-opinion surveys. Even though the polls have been paid for by taxpayer dollars, the politicians have refused to release the results.
Politicians are afraid of only two things; being publically embarrassed and being voted out of office. Release of the polls might embarrass leaders either because polling was a waste of taxpayer money or because the results show significant citizen dissatisfaction.
Of course an embarrassed politician can be voted out of office.