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Public Opinion I. History of Public Participation II. Political Socialization A. American Political Culture III.Polling I. Why do we always hear that public opinion is important? Part of it is because we are a democratic nation. In our system, we believe that the government governs at the consent of its people, us. In other words, government expresses the will of its people. The founding fathers wanted to insulate government from us, not make it a direct link. Madison wanted government separate from us. Madison also stated that many people are affected with their emotions by government. II. Political socialization is an individual process for each person. Political identification ranges from parents (for the majority of the time) to school to peer groups to the media. Parents give us political party affiliation while the school educates us about affiliation and the pros and cons. Peer groups help us discover the issues in politics and the media is on-going, is giving us up to date information on polit- ics and issues. A political culture is shared among all people.
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This note was uploaded on 07/15/2008 for the course POLS 206 taught by Professor Someonethatwasjusttryingtogettheirdoctorate during the Fall '06 term at Texas A&M.

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