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AAS33B 01-04 Do-Franks

AAS33B 01-04 Do-Franks - January 4 2008 Franks[45740 Social...

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January 4, 2008 Franks [45740 Social Science Number] America, 1865-1900 and American Democracy? Part I Agenda 1. Political Socialization (about how we become members of society – Ex: how we drive on the right and stop at the red light without thinking) + Public Opinion (from family, school, etc.) (relate Chapter 5 of Greenberg and Page) 2. Group Exercise (relate Chapter 4) Chapter 5 Now important- Presidential Election People were random sampled, exit polls (A poll taken of a sample of voters as they leave a polling place, used especially to predict the outcome of an election or determine the opinions and characteristics of the candidates' supporters) Yesterday, Iowa (not much pop.) Caucus (primary group) [A meeting of the local members of a political party especially to select delegates to a convention or register preferences for candidates running for office] was held – vote in groups and expressed themselves -Fact that Obama was #1 and Clinton was #3 is very important Next important primary that will elect delegates to the convention is New Hampshire (little pop.) -Not much effect, but maybe snowball effect (possible) A record breaking number of Democrats (58%) are voting (first timers) – more people are now more concerned about issues. Evangelicals feel betrayed by Bush and Republicans in power (who are hypocrites), and hoping Huklebee would be better Socialization Institution: Family School (general idea: democracy is good for example) Media (more particular than that is TV) Current Events Communities (geographical communities or neighborhoods) Religious Institutions Workplace (and what you do for work)
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Class/ Race and Ethnicity Region (if grow up in the South, you are generally a member of Rep, especially if you’re white. If from CA, more likely to be Dem.) Professionals (Dentists, Doctors, Factory workers, Real Estate Agents, etc.) tend to be more Republic Construction workers tend to be more Democratic -Where they work affects how you vote. Also, depends on upper or lower class people. African Americans back in 1800 likely to vote Rep., but now it’s flip-flopped and they + Mexican Americans vote Dem. Cuban Americans tend to be stronger Rep. because they are refugees and came from a Communist Gov., so tend to be Anti-Communist. Lots of Vietnamese tend to vote Rep., but lots tend to be liberal when it comes to social issues because of racial issues. Asian Americans in general probably lean towards Dem. Chinese tend to be more Dem. than Vietnamese. Women (vote for more free choice) are more likely to vote for Dem. and vice versa. So, all these factors that help complicate things and help shape public opinion. HOMEWORK: Watch half an hour of local news show. (Ch. 4 – KRON, 5 - KPIX, 7 - KGO, 11 - KNTV). Around 6 or 11 PM. Summarize what you see during that half hour.
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