Study Guide Exam III fall08

Study Guide Exam III fall08 - Study Guide for Exam III CSC...

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Study Guide for Exam III CSC PS-231 Fall Semester 08 Robert D. Knight, Instructor The following list is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all subjects covered on the exam. While answers may generally be found in your textbooks, you are also expected to drawn from what you have learned in class activities in answering these questions. Refer to the American Government and Politics Today textbook for help in answering the questions below. Public Opinion 1. Are political scientists mainly interested in studying the attitudes of the public at large or attitudes of individuals that can be aggregated by groups? 2. What is the formal and traditional way that public opinion is determined in a democracy? 3. What is divisive (polarized) and consensual public opinion? What is non-opinions (from lecture)? 4. What is the role of intensity in public opinion? 5. What is the importance of relevance (salience) in public opinion? 6. What is the quality of public opinion in terms of stability and knowledge? 7. What is a simple random sample? Why is randomness so important in survey research? 8. About how many people are usually interviewed for scientific surveys? 9. What is a margin of error? What is the confidence level? What is sampling error? 10. What types of non-scientific polls exist and what has been their effect? 11. What is political socialization? What institution is the most important agent of socialization? 12. Do religious associations help form political attitudes? Which is most important today in explaining political attitudes, denomination or religiosity?
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This note was uploaded on 07/05/2009 for the course PS PS 231 taught by Professor Knight during the Spring '09 term at Chadron State College.

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