Public Opinion 2 - Public Opinion and Political...

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Public Opinion and  Political Socialization 2 Note Your texts deals with two American ideologies I will add two more You should be able to: Define “ideology” *Explain the four basic ideological types in the U.S. American Ideologies Ideology * Definition :  a  consistent  pattern of opinions on issues that stem  from core beliefs *Most Americans do not think in ideological terms *Remember the example of the contradictory nature of public opinion *Most Americans do not know what an ideology is *Problem:  So how can social scientist study ideology in the United States? Two Basic Dimensions *Support for an activist role for government in distribution of economic   benefits *Examples:  support for programs of aid to the poor; support regulation of  corporations *Support for an activist role for government in upholding traditional   values *Examples: support laws against abortion or homosexual conduct; support  laws allowing prayer in public schools
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This note was uploaded on 09/08/2008 for the course PS 1010 taught by Professor Yahrmatter during the Fall '08 term at Wayne State University.

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