CHAPTER 5 - CHAPTER 5 Public Opinion Opposition to war...

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CHAPTER 5 Public Opinion Opposition to war mounted in proportion to number of US causalities Permanent campaign makes polls vital Gap between public opinion and public policy What is Public Opinion? People’s views about issues, situations and public figures “those opinions held by private persons which govt find it prudent to heed” Sources of Public Opinion Find where individuals get political ideas Fall into broad categories: 1) Socialization a. directly through teaching (catholic church and abortion) b. indirectly by imitation, family 2) Personal Experiences a. form attitudes in childhood, develop over lifetime (depression, Vietnam, stagflation) b. community experiences c. fundamental concepts of fairness, authority, freedom and justice 3) Self-Interest a. in-tune with inequalities of policies and how it affects them b. rarely abandon party loyalties 4) Education a. high edu means increased tolerance b. view political involvement as duty rather than chore c. greater sense of political efficacy 5) Reference Groups a. social, religious groups affect opinions b. deals with education on issue (schooling, church teachings, socialization)
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