Chapter 6 - Public Opinion - Chapter 6 Public Opinion I....

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1 Chapter 6 Public Opinion I. Overview A. Political Socialization. How Individuals form Opinions. B. Public Opinion. Aggregating Individual Opinions into Public Opinion. C. Level of Analysis. D. Important Questions: 1. Public Opinion is powerful yet an inexact force on American politics. 2. US Government policy cannot be understood without understanding public opinion. Should public opinion direct policy? 3. Is public opinion knowledgeable and rational? 4. Does public opinion matter? II. Political Socialization. A. Definition. B. Processes of Socialization. 1. Learned throughout life. 2. Cumulative Nature of socialization. 3. Widespread Change is Rare. a. Age Cohort tendency. b. Generational and life cycle events. C. Agents of Socialization. D. The Decision Making Process. 1. Mass belief system or schema. This mass belief system is a configuration of ideas and attitudes about politics. 2, How the mass belief system works and develops: New information is processed in relation to the old; that what one learns and remembers depends on what one
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2008 for the course POL 1013. taught by Professor Harmon during the Fall '06 term at The University of Texas at San Antonio- San Antonio.

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