lecture04 - PS 141B Week 2, Lecture 4; October 10 What is...

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PS 141B Week 2, Lecture 4; October 10 1. What is an Attitude or Opinion A. Definitions 1) Public opinion: The opinions of the public on matters of relevance to the government 2) Opinion: an imperfect indicator of an underlying, unobserved attitude 3) Non-attitude: an instance when someone holds no steady beliefs about an issue B. Three Views on the Nature of Public Opinion 1) Traditional View 2) Revised View 3) John Zaller View C. Implications a) What are the impact of non-attitudes on public opinion? D. Response Instability a) Opinions are not stable over time. b) Not guided by any overarching ideology or philosophy E. Three explanations posited for response instability 1) Converse: Response Instability as a function of non-attitude a) The opinions individuals expressed follow patterns of randomness. (1) Concluded that most people have “non-attitudes.” b) Implications of Converse’ non-attitudes thesis
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course POL SCI 141B taught by Professor Hussey/gussin during the Fall '07 term at UCLA.

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