pols 155 10-3-07 notes public opinion

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POLS 155 10/3/07 1) Public Opinion a) Collection of attitudes and beliefs of a particular segment of a population. b) Measured to try and determine how people feel about certain issues. c) Gov’t reacts to public opinion d) Forms of public opinion i) Intensity (1) How willing people are to express their opinion on certain issues. ii) Fluidity (1) How public opinion has changed over time (2) Pres Bush approval ratings: (a) Bush has now a 29% approval rating (b)11% for congress (c) Approval rating was 80% immediately after 9/11/01 iii) Stability (1) Opinion that doesn’t change over time (2) Remains consistent (3) Some people will vote for a person solely based on political party iv) Latent (1) When people are not willing to express their opinion (2) People don’t have an opinion for whatever reason (3) Cynical, don’t want to talk about politics, non confrontational, don’t care about anyone except themselves? 2) Functions of the media (to make money)
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