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Unformatted text preview: because they could spend their time better doing other things. For this reason, they are ambivalent on most issues and can shift their stated positions because of small changes in survey wording or framing. Aggregate public opinion, on the other hand, seems to be much more stable and intelligible than individual public opinion. The stability of public opinion can be attributed in large part to the mediating role of opinion leaders, who serve as easy cue-givers and information sources for the unengaged public. The stable, shared consensus of basic political values helps make politics possible, while the policy disagreements within public opinion make politics necessary....
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This note was uploaded on 06/25/2008 for the course SGIS 201 taught by Professor Rubenzer during the Summer '08 term at University of South Carolina Beaufort.
- Summer '08