Poli Sci Test 2 Notes

Poli Sci Test 2 Notes - Test 2 Notes Public Opinion 1 Why...

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Test 2 Notes Public Opinion 1. Why study public opinion? a. Government always look at Public Opinions b. China’s pollution caused by industrialization i. Public policy has made China invest a lot of time and effort into solving pollution ii. American’s work hard 1. Long hours—no vacations iii. Government try to keep people happy to keep their population content 2. A two way flow a. Public opinion shapes the governments plans while at the same time the government tries to influence public opinion i. War in Iraq ii. Social Security 3. Public Opinion a. VO Key’s Definition i. Those opinions held by private individuals which governments find it prudent to heed b. Patterson’s: The politically relevant opinions held by ordinary citizens that they express openly 4. False consciousness-is the idea that people often do not accurately perceive the reality of their social and economic situations and contrary to their own interests adopt the views of the dominating group as their own. 5. The classic citizen a. Open to opinion, well informed, engaged b. Education and interest help create classic citizens
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6. Some factors to consider when analyzing public opinion a. Breadth- how widespread are attitudes on the issue b. Polarity- is it largely one sided, or are people divided c. Intensity- how strongly do people feel d. Durability- is the issue likely to be long lasting or will it be over soon e. Distribution—who holds the opinion 7. The role of consensus in democracies permissive vs. supportive consensus a. On the majority of the issues most people agree b. Food and water Regulation i. Civil Rights- Equality c. Permissive Consensus d. Supportive Consensus 8. How is public opinion studied a. Sample Survey i. Good questions ii. Probability sampling b. In depth small sample interviews c. Focus Groups Interest Groups a. An interest group is an organized group which attempts to influence government policy decisions without officially entering election contests i. AARP, NRA, PETA, Sierra Club b. James Madison i. “By a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interest
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c. Some interest groups that show up in Gucci Gulch i. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, National Association of Home Builders d. Madison Again … Liberty is to faction what air is to fire… … The latent causes of factions are thus sown in the nature of man… e. How do interest groups work
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