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lecture07 - Public Opinion Revisited PS 141B Week 4 Lecture...

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Public Opinion Revisited PS 141B; Week 4, Lecture 7; October 22, 2007 1. Political Parties A. 1932 Critical Election 1) 1928 Proto-Realignment a) Democratic Vote Share in Large Cities 2) New Deal Coalition a) New Deal Legacy B. Aggregate shifts in party identification 1) Boll Weevils and Gypsy Moths (1) Boll Weevils Southern White Party Registration Southern White Presidential Vote (2) Gypsy Moths b) Migration of Black Voters from the Republicans to Democrats Southern Black Party Preferences 2. Public Opinion Revisited A. Micro politics revisited 1) Large portions of the population are unfamiliar with the language of the dominant ideologies a) Groups likely to use ideological language (1) Activists (2) Political “sophisticates” b) Groups unlikely to use ideological language (1) Apathetic, non-engaged (2) Political Novices. B. Ideological Constraint 1) Belief system as a “configuration of ideas and attitudes in which the elements are bound together by some form of constraint or functional
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