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08-22-2007 Notes

08-22-2007 Notes - Political Science the scientific study...

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Political Science – the scientific study of politics PreTest: True/False---ALL FALSE 1) Most US elections determined by majority voting rules 2) Most efficient way for voters to choose candidates is by voting for the person rather than the party 3) All legislation begins in the house of Representatives Where does the textbook info come from? Original documents (ie constitution), government data, research by political scientists (experiments, surveys, analysis of gov’t data and records, observation) EXAMPLES: Experiments: In 2004, presidential election voter turnout was higher. Was this because of mobilization efforts (rock the vote, etc) or for other reasons? Control group, three experiement groups. One was phone, one got mailing, one got face-to-face reminder. After collecting info, they found out in-person contacting increases voter turnout by about 10%. Phone calls and mailing did no good. Surveys : gallup polls, media polls, other surveys. Differences between men and women, gun control or against, etc.
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