chapter 5 Struggle for Democracy

chapter 5 Struggle for Democracy - over time Founders made...

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Public Opinion • Public Opinion • How do we know what people think? Do we ask every person? • Sample Sampling • 1000-1500 people is the magic voodoo number for sampling. • Random Sampling • Sampling error • Sampling bias What is used most commonly now? Political Socialization
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• How do we get this? Are we random idiots? • Converse’s ‘nonattitudes’ • Wording affects a lot If a survey says ‘right to choose’ you see a very different response than ‘killing babies’ • Question order First questions can set mindsets and affect later responses • Close-ended vs. open-ended ‘yes/no’ may not really be how people feel ‘ramble ramble ramble’ can be difficult to analyze
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What impacts how we think? Families ! Schools Pledge of Allegiance, 1950s Simple way to convey core values Mass Media Events More impacts on how we think. .. Social Groups Region Religion Education
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Race Age Gender Jobs Public Opinion Changes
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Unformatted text preview: over time Founders made it difficult to translate public opinion into law Bills are difficult to get through Congress Some policies that would be in force if general supportive public opinion immediately became law. .. American Political Culture What is political culture? Core Values What is political ideology? Political Party identification Liberal Conservative Realignment What Makes Somebody an American? Poll in California published in 1993 Characteristic Anglo African-American Hispanic Asian Treating all equally 89 94 81 93 Trying to get ahead 77 69 67 56 Speaking English 77 85 67 70 Voting 78 71 69 70 Speaking up for the country 51 63 54 43 Believing in God 36 65 48 35 Efficacy What is political efficacy? Is it related to income? political participation What if you feel you do not have a voice? Don't vote protests Civil disobedience Presidential Approval Rating...
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This note was uploaded on 03/26/2008 for the course GOV 310L taught by Professor Kieth during the Fall '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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