GOVT311 Lecture 10 Individual Opinion

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Individual Opinions GOVT311 Lecture 10
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Political Knowledge Some people are political junkies Most people have little knowledge about government. Almost everyone knows the name of the president About half know the name of their congressperson About 2 in 10 know the name of the Chief Justice When an issue raises in importance, people learn Knowledgeable people tend more liberal on social issues and more conservative on economic issues (Erikson and Tedin p. 65)
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How does Knowledge » Opinion? Economic way of viewing politics: For the Median Voter Theorem (Downs) to work, people must be able to evaluate the costs and benefits of policy choices Psychology views: On-line perspective: people keep a running tally in their heads (campaigns) Memory based: people store “considerations” and use these to make judgments on issues (low-information). This implies that accessibility of considerations is important.
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Response stability In panel studies, when asked the same question,
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This note was uploaded on 04/01/2008 for the course GOVT 311 taught by Professor Mcdonald during the Spring '08 term at George Mason.

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