Democracy without respect for individual rights sucks. It’s just ganging up against the weird kid, and I’m always the weird kid.

Penn Jillete, magician and reasonable guy

I would point out that the reason we are a representative republic, rather than a democracy is exactly this reason — public opinion might be important to a nation that respects its people, but without respect for property rights, and tolerance for others’ personal decisions and freedom, its just an attenuated form of tyranny.