Public Opinion

Public Opinion - Announcements Public Opinion Professor...

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Public Opinion Professor Reeves 1 Announcements Exams handed back in section on Friday. 2 Speaker November 19 in class. Michael Dukakis. 3 Michael Dukakis Governor of Massachusetts (1975 to 1979 and 1983 to 1991). Unsuccessful bid for President against GHW Bush in 1988. Readings to be posted. 4
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Election Day 5 6 7 8
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9 10 Lecture Outline What are the origins of public opinion? Public opinion and political knowledge. Shaping opinion: Political leaders, private groups, and the media. Measuring public opinion. How does public opinion inFuence government policy? 11 Public Opinion public opinion Citizens’ attitudes about political issues, leaders, institutions, and events. values (or beliefs) The basic principles that shape a person’s opinions about political issues and events. political ideology A cohesive set of beliefs that form a general philosophy about the role of government. attitude A speciFc preference on a speciFc issue. 12
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Public Opinion Public policy and public opinion do not always coincide. Representative government NOT direct democracy. 13 14 15 16
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17 Origins of Public Opinion Common fundamental values. Political socialization. Political ideology. 18 Origins of Public Opinion Americans share common set of political beliefs. equality of opportunity; success a result of ability. individual freedom. democracy. 19 Origins of Public Opinion Equality of Opportunity shared American ideal. all have the freedom to use whatever talents and wealth they possess to reach their full potential. 20
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21 Origins of Public Opinion Why agreement on these values? US never had a feudal aristocracy. No successful socialist movements. No aristocracy to assert virtues of inequality, rigid class structure. No force against limited government. 22 Origins of Public Opinion Political Socialization. How do political beliefs and values form? 23 Origins of Public Opinion political socialization induction of individuals into the political culture. process of learning underlying beliefs and values on which political system is based. 24
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Origins of Public Opinion Political socialization: Agents. family. social groups. differences in education. political conditions. 25 Origins of Public Opinion agents of socialization. Social institutions: e.g. families, schools. Help shape individuals’ basic political
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