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PLSC 2003 EXAM 3 Study Guide Public Opinion: After reading this chapter and studying your notes, you should be able to 1. Define the bold terms throughout the chapter
2. Know how public opinion is measured
a. Representative i. Want it to accurately represented (randomly sampled)—everyone has a chance to be in the sample/you are not choosing certain people ii. Salience—how strongly someone feels about the new law/leader a. What shaped that opinion? Media? Family? b. Probability sampling i. Sample error, sample size are important to know so we can judge how good poll is ii. Acceptable error is +/- 5% 3. Know what the problems with polling are a. Only snapshots of opinions b. Questions weren’t properly worded c. Push polling—word questions a certain way to get a certain outcome d. Illusion of saliency e. Selection bias—who was sampled? What doe the sample look like? Was it SRS f. Sampling error—didn’t get the right sample g. Measurement errors—didn’t word questions correctly 4. Understand the agents of political socialization
5. What causes opinion to change
b. School/press i. Some impact—beliefs/values largely formed in high school c. Political conditions i. “Economic conditions”—unemployment, gas prices, tax rates ii. Your monetary class greatly affects your beliefs d. Media i. How the portray government is mostly negative/shocking—don’t really promote positive things government e. Political parties i. Form opinions around high school f. Political groups/interest groups i. Ethnicity g. Totality of your environment i. What environment do you live in? b. 6. Know and identify the common types of political ideology in the US
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