Government and Politics Ch 6 10.16.06!

Government and Politics Ch 6 10.16.06! - Government and...

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Government and Politics Monday, October 16, 2006 – Monday, October 23, 2006 Chapter 6 Public Opinion Madison and others in the Federalist Papers speak out against the public opinion ruling government Indirect influence of the public on the national government Today public opinion is very important for elected officials to stay elected Focus groups, public opinion polls to determine public opinion Billion of dollars spent determining Jefferson, Lincoln, FDR Determine public opinion yesterday by Stump speeches (gage crowds reaction) Go to where people go (gather) Town hall meetings 1940s (1930s) where public opinion began to be measured in a systematic method But tended to be biased Public Opinion : People’s views about all political institutions as well as values and beliefs Political socialization People develop their public opinions passively from their parents Agents of Socialization: Education (Peers, Teachers, absorbtion of information) Opinion leaders – those who are more knowledgeable about politics than yourself
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This note was uploaded on 05/07/2009 for the course POS 110 taught by Professor Lehman during the Fall '08 term at ASU.

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Government and Politics Ch 6 10.16.06! - Government and...

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