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Public Opinion - Study Guide

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Unit 8: Public Opinion - Study Guide Unit 8 Study Guide Study questions on Public Opinion You should print out a copy of these questions and make notes as you read the chapter.* Bardes Chapter 6: 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?
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Unformatted text preview: 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? 13. What political views do identifiers with different religious denominations typically hold? 14. What political views do members of different socio-economic groups typically hold? 15. How is geography associated with differences in political attitudes? 16. What is meant by the generational effect on public opinion? 17. What is usually meant by the gender gap and when did it first start to appear? 18. Has trust in government been rising or declining since the 1970s, or has it fluctuated? How so? 19. What effect does public opinion have on policymaking?...
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