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Unformatted text preview: b. Respond to various forms of participation D. Interpreting Public Opinion Polls 1. Did you ask the right people?random sample. 2. Whats the margin of error?the importance of luck 3. What was the question?the importance of wording 4. Which came first?the importance of question order II. ORIGINS OF PUBLIC OPINION A. Political Culture 1. Consensus on a set of beliefs about basic political values , the legitimacy of political institutions, and broad acceptance of the process by which government makes policy 2. The channel through which changing currents of public opinion flowthe boundaries of public opinion 3. Stable and enduring 4. Agree on basics, but can disagree on specifics B. Political Socialization 1. The lifelong process through which a younger generation learns political values from previous generations 2. Agents of socialization a. Family b. Schools c. Peers d. Personal events and experiences e. Mass media...
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