Defining Public Opinion - Defining Public Opinion Public opinion the aggregate of individual attitudes or beliefs shared by some portion of the adult

Defining Public Opinion - Defining Public Opinion Public...

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Defining Public Opinion Public opinion - the aggregate of individual attitudes or beliefs shared by some portion of the adult population when the public supports policy change: policy changes in direction consistent with the change in public opinion 43% of the time policy changes opposite to opinion 22% of the time policy does not change 33% public opinion limit gov’t Consensus - general agreement among the citizenry on an issue Divisive Opinion - public opinion that is polarized between two quite different positions Non opinion - the lack of an opinion on an issue or policy among the majority Political Socialization - the process by which people acquire political beliefs and attitudes people acquire political attitudes in party identification, relationships and coworkers children learned first from parents take parents political party Peer groups - groups consisting of members sharing common social characteristics. These groups
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