Public Opinion - norms. Liberal -- In the U.S., a proponent...

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Public Opinion What the public thinks about a particular issue or set of issues at any point in time. Bases for Public Opinions Events Attitudes – organized and consistent manner of thinking and feeling about groups/entities Core Values Political Socialization -- The process through which an individual acquires particular political orientations. o Sources: family, religion, gender, race, age, region, impact of events, media, ideology, benefits, knowledge, cues from leaders. Political Ideology -- An individual’s coherent set of values and beliefs about the purpose and scope of government. o Ideologies do not sustain over time Conservative -- In the U.S., a proponent of a political ideology that favors small or limited government when it comes to an unfettered free market and issues of self-reliance. However, conservatives also favor traditional social norms and are receptive to government efforts to reinforce such values and
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Unformatted text preview: norms. Liberal -- In the U.S., a proponent of a political ideology that favors extensive government action to redress social and economic inequalities. However, liberals are willing tolerate social behaviors that may be viewed as deviant and are resistant to government efforts to regulate social values and norms. Ambivalence -- A state of mind produced when particular issues evoke attitudes and core values that pull in opposite directions. Americans tend to not be very ideological. The spectrum of acceptable political debate is very narrow. Measuring Public Opinion Public Opinion Poll Interviews or surveys with a sample of citizens that are used to estimate the opinion of the entire population. Surveys based on probability Sampling: Random, Stratified Framing Measurement Error Cognitive Shortcuts Aggregate Partisanship Issue Publics Opinion Leaders...
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This note was uploaded on 08/31/2010 for the course POL 1101 taught by Professor White during the Fall '07 term at Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Public Opinion - norms. Liberal -- In the U.S., a proponent...

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