FINAL REWIES_POLS - Political Science 206 Texas A&M University Final Exam Review Public Opinion/Political Socialization-For any system to be

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Political Science 206 Final Exam Review Public Opinion/Political Socialization -For any system to be democratic, its leaders must hear the “voice of the people”. Citizens are supposed to lead with their opinions, and leaders are supposed to follow President proposes senate disposes.-people have different beliefs about politics. It’s the idea that masses lead with opinions & leaders are supposes to fallow; if masses don’t participate and leaders don’t fallow, then argument falls apart. Voters express opinions through voting; if masses are ignored & leaders don’t listen then argument also falls apart. Political beliefs come from political socialization : 1. teaches us about basic facts of government. (In grade school, they are introduced to President in a good way. American symbols are patriotic) 2. Helps us to develop opinions towards political actors and institutions. (Extracurricular activities increase voting…but peer groups don’t have that much impact on voting, because you don’t talk about it.) The way you socialize impacts the way you interact…community, participation. Agents of political socialization 1. Family -has an impact on how you participate in gov. & shapes beliefs about politics. Informal & Children unthinkingly adopt the views of parents 2. Education -Imparts knowledge, more likely to participate, Mostly positive-increases understanding of government. 3. Peer groups -children start to break away around adolescence because they start to interact with other agents, such 4. The media- people have a choice and may seek media to enforce preexisting beliefs. May watch for entertainment. Difficult to assess whether it causes people to adopt an ideology, or is a reflection of a pre-existing ideology . People are selective – make choices consistent with their predispositions 5. Social class -Consistent with economic self-interest. People who have less income support ideas that favor higher taxes in the rich. Produces different life expenditures. 6. Social issues -“non-economic”-working class authoriatism (Lipset). Working class individuals have more authoriatism (less tolerance to different people with different beliefs). Class is related to education- education brings you in contact with different people so we are tolerant to different people. Lower levels of education don’t have middle ground; see everything in grey & white. They have set ideas and don’t support others. More educated people are more liberal. 7. Race -minority groups are less supportive, have distrust, alienation, vote less. When they do vote, they normally vote towards Democratic Party because they advocate for their own interest. As they move up social later, they later become more liberal and turn towards republicans. 8.
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This note was uploaded on 06/06/2008 for the course POLS 206 taught by Professor Someonethatwasjusttryingtogettheirdoctorate during the Spring '06 term at Texas A&M.

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FINAL REWIES_POLS - Political Science 206 Texas A&M University Final Exam Review Public Opinion/Political Socialization-For any system to be

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