Lecture Slides Feb 24 - What Do Americans Believe? The...

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1 What Do Americans Believe? The Sources of Opinions: Political Socialization POLS107 February 24, 2010 Professor Jackson Political Socialization and Learning What is your earliest political memory? Socialization to Citizenship Preschool (ages 3-5) The flag The police officer The president Early Childhood (ages 6-9) Feelings and affect Personalized view of government Foundations of “diffuse support”
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2 Socialization to Citizenship Late childhood (ages 10-12) Civic duty Trust in authority Beginnings of partisan awareness Adolescence (ages 13-18) More sophisticated/cynical understanding of politics Ideology and partisanship start to develop Abstract concepts like community interest Agents of Socialization The Family The Peer Group Elementary/High Schools College Political Discussion at Home Discussion No Discussion Registered to Vote 75% 57% Trust Government 71% 53% Believe voting important 68% 33% Believe politicians pay attention to our concerns 57% 39%
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3 Parental Transmission of Party ID 100% (27%) (24%) (49%) Marginals 100% 100% 100% Total (21%) 51 17 7 Republican (36%) 36 55
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