100 LECS PUBLIC OPINION

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ANNOUNCEMENTS We are now working on Unit 2 (Public Opinion and Political Ideologies) in the syllabus. The next exam will be scheduled for Wednesday, March 24 It will cover the lectures through that date plus pages 164-324 in the textbook. Study guidelines will be posted within the lecture slides for each lecture and in the course announcements
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Democracy and public opinion Democracy means that the government does what “the people” want How do we know what “the people” want? Two ways Political culture Public opinion polls
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Political culture Political culture = core beliefs + political attitudes shared by most citizens Core beliefs = individuals’ views about the fundamental nature of human beings, society, the economy, etc. Political attitudes = views about policies, parties, candidates, government institutions and officials
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Opinion polls and survey research See pp. 161-4 of textbook The basic logic of sampling This POSC 100 class is a pretty representative sample of all American college students in 2007
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