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Exam 3 review 1. Aggregate Public opinion a. Examples: i. Do americans trust gov? ii. Should spending be increased, decreased, or kept the same ? b. In aggregate public opinion, americans show meaningful and sensible changes 2. Public Opinion a. Ideology coherent set of beliefs about the role of government i. Liberal vs conservative ii. Most americans do not think ideologically b. Aggregate public opinion i. For our purposes- public opinion of americans as a whole ii. Aggregate public opinion seems sensible c. Heuristics i. Decision shortcuts- most common one is partisanship ii. Best predictor of who you’re going to vote for d. Social desirability i. Contributes to measurement error ii. Survey participants want to give the “right” answer to appear to be better than they are iii. Other kinds of error??? 1. Selection bias 2. Question wording 3. Margin or error-inherent to survey research because we’re taking samples, not studying the whole population. Uncertainty around estimate e.
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