Public Opinion - Key Questions How is political knowledge...

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Key Questions – How is political knowledge distributed in the United States? How do we develop our political attitudes? How has the media evolved over time? How do we get our news? What is the relationship between the media and the government? Is the news media biased? What is public opinion? the aggregation of individual attitudes on specific issues Is there such a thing as public opinion? perhaps on some issues but on many issues the public lack a well defined overall opinion How do we measure public opinion? Polling – we’ll discuss polling in a bit more detail Americans tend not too focus much attention on politics more Americans knew who Lance Ito was than Newt Gingrich 11% of the population know who the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is; 30% knew the speaker of the House; 73% knew the name of their governor; 42% know what liberal and conservative mean Is the public stupid? Not necessarily
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course PS 110 taught by Professor Scottj.lasley during the Spring '08 term at Western Kentucky University.

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