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Benjamin Page and Robert Shapiro. 1992. The Rational Public. Collective public opinion has properties that are different than individual opinion – real, stable, sensible Measurement error makes it hard to assess validity of preferences: people may have real preferences that are difficult to get at in a survey Americans have limited knowledge of politics familiarity w/ political matters is strongly related to amount and duration of attention that issues and figures receive in the mass media They claim collective rationality of public opinion: stable, able to make decision, reasonable, organized, adaptive, based on best available information Individual longer term preferences – individuals have a true central tendency of opinion over time random deviations in preferences may cancel out over a large sample; collective public opinion will be stable as opposed to the fluctuating individual opinions that make it up responses reveal coherent patterns across related issues, and when they change, they are
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