Notes 2 - PUBLIC OPINION CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL VALUES...

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PUBLIC OPINION CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL VALUES Normalcy v. idiosyncrasy Significant political events Significant political leaders Groups (in particular issues that impinge upon that group cleavage) o Religion, race, gender, age, region, social class GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS OF PUBLIC OPINION IN THE U.S. Compared to other democracies--moderate and centrist, with most disagreements among groups occurring at the margins Stable, general Often inconsistent on specifics Elites o More extreme, in both directions o And, by definition, more active POLITICAL PARTICIPATION Forms o Talking, donating, contacting, voting, campaigning, running o Voter turnout = # who voted/ # eligible (18 or older) FACTORS RELATED TO VOTER TURNOUT Legal considerations o The legal peculiarity called registration Motor voter Unfunded mandate Demographic considerations o Age o Social class (education, income, occupation) Contextual Considerations o Type of election Presidential v. midterm/off-year
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