Public Opinion, Political Socialization, and the Media Lecture

Public Opinion, Political Socialization, and the Media Lecture

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Interest Groups Attempt to influence politics ril-3-2013/you-stuck-what-where-now- Monsanto: ~$550,000 in 2012 American Crystal Sugar: $2 million
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Interest Groups Attempt to influence politics Regulating Lobbyists Lobbying Disclosure Act Need to register with House & Senate but don’t need to list specifically who you met with - krumholz-talks-money-in-politi.html
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Political Parties Win elections, operate government, determine public policy Parties versus factions
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Functions of Political Parties Recruit candidates for public office Organize and run elections Present alternative policies Accept responsibility for operating the government Act as organized opposition to the party in power
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Party Organization National Convention, sets platform National Committee State Party Organization MN didn’t endorse Dayton for Senate but he won the primary Local-Grassroots
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Political Ideologies Conservativism Belief in limited government Traditional values Dominant in the Republican Party Right [Wing] Liberalism Belief in government to improve welfare of individuals Tolerant of political and social change Influential in Democratic Party Left [Wing]
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Public Opinion and the Political Process Public Opinion The aggregate of individual beliefs shared by some portion of the adult population Consensus or Divided Opinion
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Public Opinion Matters Example of Wall Street bailout/then bonuses Public outrage BP Oil spill in Gulf Congressional Representatives & Popularity of President (Policies) Political Trust & Confidence in Institutions (pg. 125 of text)
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Measuring Public Opinion Opinion Polls Gallup, Roper Small samples; < 2000 selected voters Predict behavior of total voting population Error of Margin – 3 percentage points Sampling Techniques Randomness
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Problems with Polls Sampling Errors Poll Questions How a question is phrased Order in which questions are asked Lack of Informed Respondents
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Who Conducted the Poll?
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